Edinboro University as Community Partner
Nov 13, 2019
Dr. Guiyou Huang
Edinboro University as Community Partner

Dr. Guiyou Huang is the new President of Edinboro University. Born and raised in China, Dr. Huang earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at Qufu Normal University, a teachers college in Qufu, China, the hometown of Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius. He spent seven years in Qufu, a culturally conservative city of 250,000 – four as a student and three as a professor – before moving to Beijing University, where he earned a Graduate Studies Completion Diploma in English. In 1989, he moved to the United States and Texas A&M University to pursue a Ph.D. in English.

It was on a trip back to China in 1996 that he met his wife, Dr. Jennifer Yufeng Qian, at the Beijing airport. Dr. Qian, on her first trip abroad, was navigating the airport en route to SUNY Buffalo, where she would be serving as a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages in Literature. He offered to help her, which marked the beginning of a relationship that led to their marriage in Allentown in 1998.

Although Drs. Huang and Qian left Pennsylvania in 2004 for Michigan, they have always considered Pennsylvania home. Not only were they married in Pennsylvania, he became a U.S. citizen in Philadelphia in 1998, and their son, George, was born in Allentown in 2000.  Their daughter, Claire, was born in Florida. Dr. HUang looks forward to developing relationships with the other regional universities and with the community overall.

While working on his doctorate at Texas A&M, he served as both an editorial and teaching assistant. After earning his Ph.D. in 1993, he served as a lecturer at Texas A&M before heading north to Pennsylvania and Kutztown University in 1995, where he spent nine years progressing through the faculty ranks, serving as English department chair and director of the University Honors Program. 

Dr. Huang spent a year in Michigan at Grand Valley State University, where he directed the honors college, served as a professor of English, and supported coordination and strategic planning for Grand Valley State’s new College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

From 2005 to 2010, he served first as dean of Undergraduate Studies and Programs and then as dean of the Biscayne College of Liberal Arts at St. Thomas University in Florida. He moved to Norwich University in Vermont in July 2010, where he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty until December 2016, shortly before he assumed the role of chancellor of LSUA.

Dr. Guiyou Huang will be introduced by Rotary Club of Erie President Stephanie Williams.