The Edmond Sun

October 31, 2012

OSSM to inaugurate 2nd president

Gov. Mary Fallin to preside during academic procession


The Edmond Sun

OKLAHOMA CITY — Bringing with him a new generation of scholarship and service, Frank Y.H. Wang, Ph.D., will be inaugurated as the second president of the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics at 6 p.m., Thursday during an Investiture Ceremony in the Dan Little Residence Hall on the school’s main campus, 1141 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City. Gov. Mary Fallin will preside during the academic procession.

Earlier that day at 12:30 p.m. in the residence hall, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physics Joseph H. Taylor Jr., Ph.D., will give a talk to OSSM students, faculty, alumni, board members and legislators, as well as faculty from the Oklahoma Health Center and interested public. Taylor will also meet students and attend classes at the school. Taylor was Wang’s freshman physics professor at Princeton University in 1983.

Other distinguished guests that will march in the academic procession include OSSM Founding President Dr. Edna Manning; Wang’s former math teacher from upstate New York, Frank Berlin; Dr. David Drennan, retired math teacher, inaugural member and vice chair of the OSSM Board of Trustees, and Wang’s former teacher at Norman High School; Dr. Stewart Ryan, retired OU physics professor who taught Wang physics in high school; Dr. Joan Barber, currently the dean of students at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi.

Following the 6 p.m. ceremony, a reception will be held in the Sen. Bernice Shedrick Library, also on the school’s campus.

A quintet of OSSM student musicians will play and student singers will lead guests in a rendition of “Oklahoma!”

Wang was formerly the chairman of Saxon Publishers, a major textbook publishing company. Wang stepped down as chairman in 2003 to pursue his lifelong dream to teach in the classroom. He taught at OSSM for two years without pay. In 2006, he moved to Plano, Texas, with his family and traveled the country working with economically disadvantaged students in large school districts.

He said his primary reason for accepting the position at OSSM is to set an example for his own four children and students at the school to apply their talents and abilities to serve the community, which has fervently invested in their development and education.

“Oklahoma has blessed me tremendously and it is time that I give back to a state that has awarded me so much,” Wang said.

The mission of OSSM is to provide a world-class education to mathematically and scientifically inclined students throughout Oklahoma. Created through legislation passed in 1983, OSSM serves all Oklahoma schools and students through 13 regional centers, statewide math contests for middle school students, educational research, statewide teacher training and outreach activities. For more information visit the school’s website at www.ossm.edu.