Board Of Governors
Louis J. Agnese, Jr., Ph.D., Chair of the Board
Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Pittsburgh
Education Specialist Degree in Supervision of Counseling Services; Master of Education in Counseling, Gannon University (Erie, PA)
Bachelor of Arts, History and Psychology, Saint Mary of the Plains College (Dodge City, KS)
Dr. Louis J. Agnese, Jr., has been president of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio since 1985, when he became one of the youngest presidents of a four-year institution of higher learning in the United States. Prior to Incarnate Word, he was a vice president at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, where he served as spokesman for the college’s institutional needs, in addition to sharing responsibility for policy, long-range planning, budget and personnel. Dr. Agnese is the recipient of numerous professional and civic honors. He was recognized for his many contributions to higher education in San Antonio when he was chosen as the recipient of the Ford Salute to Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. His other honors include being named one of five Outstanding Young Americans as well as one of ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 1989. The American Marketing Association also honored Dr. Agnese in 1989 by naming him the Marketing Person of the Year. He received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1996. In addition, he was named Hispanic Educator of the Year in 1996, and is a recipient of the Gold Medal in the President and Public Category of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. In 2000 he was named the Outstanding Leader in Catholic Education by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. In that year he was also the recipient of the International Leadership Award from the San Antonio Council for International Visitors. A past board member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Dr. Agnese also is a former chairman of the Partnership for Hope, a Rockefeller Foundation poverty project. He has served as chairman of the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and as vice chairman of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio. Dr. Agnese currently is a board member of Adelante!-U.S. Education Leadership Fund, and serves on the executive committee of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. A native of New York City, Dr. Agnese is married and has two grown children. Dr. Agnese holds the Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he has a Master of Education in Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree in Supervision of Counseling Services, both from Gannon University in Erie, PA. He also has a Bachelor of Art in History and Psychology from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, KS.
Yusheng Feng, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of the Board
Ph.D., Computational Mechanics, The University of Texas at Austin
Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma
Master of Applied Mathematics, University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Science, Tsinghua University (China)
Dr. Feng is a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at UT San Antonio, and the Director and co-founder of NSF-Sponsored Center for Simulation Visualization and Real-Time Prediction (SiViRT), which manages UTSA’s Advanced Visualization Lab (VizLab). He is also a core faculty member of joint Biomedical Graduate Program of UT San Antonio and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. He was appointed as an adjunct professor of Biomedical Department at the University of Colorado at Denver and adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His research areas are in computational bioengineering and biomedicine, bioheat transfer, and image-guided laser surgical simulation and real-time control. He is currently working on the mixture theory as a unified mathematical framework to solve biological problems such as tumor growth, wound healing, and cell migration and nano-particle mediated thermotherapeutic treatment simulation. Dr. Feng is also working on haptics-enabled visualization for surgical simulation and training that potentially can be used in medical education and practice such as realistic surgical rehearsal, regular and emergency medical training for head and neck, cardiothoracic and laparoscopic surgeries. Dr. Feng has been working on the area of innovative medical device design since 2008. Prof. Feng received his Ph.D. in computational mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has two master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics. Dr. Feng is a recipient of highly competitive NIH K25 career award for his work on integrative modeling of image-guided cancer treatment simulation. Teaming with his colleagues in UT San Antonio, he has brought multi-million-dollar grants in research and establishing infrastructure of high-performance computing and advanced visualization. He was awarded the Excellence of Research Award in 2012, and named as the Innovator of the Year in 2013 at UT San Antonio.
Luke Liou, M.S., Secretary of the Board
Master of Science, Metallurgical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, Chung Cheng Institute of Technology (Taiwan)
Mr. Liou began his professional career as a Chemical Engineer in Taiwan and then immigrated to the United States and earned a Master of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering at University of Wisconsin while serving as a Research Assistant for the University of Wisconsin (Madison). Upon relocating to Austin, Texas, in 1985, he served as a technical translator for a foreign language studio before being hired by one of Austin’s major high-tech firms as an engineer. Following a long and distinguished career as a central engineer with new product/material introduction responsibilities and later as quality assurance engineer, he retired as a senior staff engineer to provide more time for his community service and civic commitments, and to establish his own business which provides commercial and residential services in plumbing, electrical, air conditioning/heating, automotive, and appliances. Mr. Liou currently serves as a missionary in the local Chinese-American community.
Paul C. K. Lin, L.Ac., M.A.
Master of Arts, Chinese Culture University (Taiwan)
Bachelor of Arts, Taiwan National University (Taiwan)
Mr. Lin, along with his wife President Lisa Lin, are the proud founders of Texas Health and Science University, established in 1990, as Texas Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Mr. Lin received his early education in Taiwan where he served as a fellow of the Research Institute of Acupuncture at China Academy, Taipei, and as an instructor and fellow of research at the Chinese Culture University. He traveled to the United States through a teacher exchange program and lectured at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Following the historic trip to China in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, which introduced acupuncture to the American audience, Mr. Lin was able to apply his knowledge through clinical practice in the United States and ultimately led him to pursue the establishment of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a professional career path in the U.S. Mr. Lin has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Texas since 1974, and was a pioneer in the successful efforts to pass acupuncture practice legislation in the State of Texas. He was the founding academic dean of Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and served in that position until 2005. He currently serves as Director of Development, Facilities, and Operations for the University and represents the interests of the founders on the Board of Governors.
Wen Huei Chen, M.S., M.Ed.
Bachelor of Education, National Taiwan Normal University
Master of Educational Leadership, Barry University
Master of Human Performance and Health Promotion, University of New Orleans
Mr. Chen holds masters degrees in Educational Leadership and in Human Performance and Health Promotion, and brings to the Board many years’experience as a businessman and consultant to a number of higher education institutions. Currently serving as Director of the Board of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX, and on the Board of American First Bank in Houston, TX, Mr. Chen combines higher education leadership with business acumen and an emphasis on organizational and personal success and achievement.