Ursinus College President Dr. Bobby Fong is the recipient of a prestigious 2011 Pioneer Award from OCA, a national organization which advances the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.The award was presented Aug. 6 in New York City at the organization’s national convention.A Pioneer Awards was also presented to actor BD Wong, while the Hon. Tammy L. Duckworth received the Outstanding Citizen Award.
The award recognizes President Fong’s family’s immigration history “entering the U.S. through the Angel Island Immigration Station, growing up in Oakland and never forgetting your roots, and making a mark in higher education as one of our nation’s few Asian American Higher Education leaders,” according to Ken Lee, OCA National President, who add that Dr. Fong’s background and achievements exemplify the citizen that OCA seeks out to award the Pioneer Award.
Founded in 1973 as the Organization for Chinese Americans, OCA is headquartered in Washington, DC. The Pioneer Award was created to recognize Asian Pacific Americans who are trailblazers. Past recipients of the award include former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Bill Lann Lee, architect I. M. Pei, Asian American Studies Pioneer Betty Lee Sung, Nobel Laureate in Physics C. N. Yang, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen and astronaut Leroy Chiao. — W.G.