The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics inaugurated a former math textbook author and publisher as the school’s new chief.
Frank Y.H. Wang was installed as the second president in the school’s 22-year history at a ceremony Thursday. Wang stepped into the post in August.
From 1996-03, Wang was chairman of Saxon Publishers, a textbook publishing firm.
Wang had worked for Saxon in various capacities since the company’s early days in 1980, eventually taking over as CEO when founder John Saxon died in 1996.
While at Saxon, Wang co-authored several widely used textbooks, including the Saxon Calculus text.
After resigning his post at Saxon in 2003, Wang came to the school as a math teacher, where he taught for two years without pay. Wang said he was paid well enough in his time as chairman at Saxon that it left him comfortable enough to pursue his interest in teaching.
“I wanted to be in the classroom,” he said. “I wanted to be teaching.”
Most recently, Wang founded Wang Education, a Dallas-based firm that sold math teacher resources. Wang also offered teacher training through the firm, which he closed in July to take the position at OSSM.
In assuming his new role, Wang succeeds former President Edna Manning, who has headed up the school since it opened its doors in 1990.
Wang said he’d like to see the school flourish in the years to come. He hopes to build more dorm space, eventually expanding the school’s enrollment capacity from 150 to 300 students.
Ideally, he said, he’d like to see the school reach the point that it can accept any student who qualifies and wants to attend without having to turn students away because of capacity issues.
“We want to stand ready to accept everyone who can do the work here and who desires to come,” he said.