While there have been other Asian Americans who have run colleges like Chang-lin Tien at U.C. Berkeley and Jim Yong Kim at Dartmouth, A. Gabriel Esteban has become the president of Seton Hall University and the first Filipino American head of an American university. Seton Hall broke from its tradition of only having Roman Catholic priests as presidents in order to appoint Esteban. Kristian at Filamako.com hopes that Esteban’s appointment inspires more Filipino American to pursue higher education. Given that only 30% of Filipino Americans in California (but probably representative of the whole US) go to four year college, I hope so too.
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