Los Angeles–California State University, Los Angeles dedicated the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services at a ceremony attended by students, faculty, staff, elected officials and community leaders.
The April 14 dedication, one of a number of events during the University’s 70th anniversary, celebrated Cal State LA’s first named college.
“As we celebrate our history, we’re also making history. We’re writing new chapters in the narrative of our University. That narrative now includes the name and the legacy of Dr. Rongxiang Xu,” Cal State LA President William A. Covino said. “Dr. Xu was a surgeon, scientist, entrepreneur, and inventor who made important advances in burn therapy. Dr. Xu dedicated his life to the service of others.”
The dedication also marked the second anniversary of Dr. Xu’s passing.
Among those who delivered remarks at the dedication were California State Treasurer John Chiang, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblymember Ed Chau and Assembymember Phillip Chen.
Kevin Xu, the son of Dr. Rongxiang Xu, also attended the dedication, along with his mother, Dr. Li Li. Both are recipients of the Cal State LA Presidential Medallion, the University’s highest honor. The medallion is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed outstanding leadership and extraordinary service to the students and faculty of Cal State LA.
“I want to extend my gratitude to everyone for being here for this historic moment,” Xu said.
The emcee for the event was Vice President for University Advancement Janet S. Dial. “Dr. Xu was a humanitarian, entrepreneur and philanthropist,” Dial told the gathering.
Added Dean Ron Vogel: “Our college symbolizes Dr. Rongxiang Xu’s mission of assisting communities through the intersection of health sciences and human services.”
The naming of the college recognizes the largest gift in the University’s history. The National Rongxiang Xu Foundation made the gift to commemorate the contributions of Dr. Rongxiang Xu, who was an expert in regenerative medicine.
“Dr. Xu is remembered for his contributions to others,” said University Executive Vice President Jose A. Gomez. “It is fitting that we honor his legacy and commemorate this milestone in Cal State LA history.”