Executive Director, Gateway Scholars
B.S., Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Secondary Education, Loyola Marymount University
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Texas at Austin
Hometown: Rockville, MD
Dr. Charles Lu is an Executive Director in the Academic Diversity Initiatives portfolio of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. In his role, he administers the units’ eight academic support programs and subunits, is responsible for a $2.5 million budget, and oversees a team of 100+ full-time staff members, graduate assistants, and undergraduate mentors, tutors, peer coaches, and student associates. A published author, Dr. Lu’s research focuses on STEM student success, international learning experiences, and diversity in higher education.
Prior to his arrival at UT, Dr. Lu was a Fulbright ETA Fellow in Taiwan, where he created a standardized curriculum for English as a Foreign Language and conducted cross-cultural research for the Kaohsiung Commissioner of Education. He also completed the Education Pioneers fellowship in Los Angeles, where he served as project consultant and authored a white paper on LAUSD’s first co-located high school. Over the years, Dr. Lu has served as an educational researcher and consultant, school director, academic coach, and was the recipient of the Toyota International Teacher of the Year award, where he created a virtual curriculum on environmental sustainability in the Galápagos Islands.
A firm believer in community engagement, Dr. Lu proudly serves on the board of directors for Wayside Schools and Asian Family Support Services of Austin. In his spare time, Dr. Lu enjoys playing with his husky, watching Netflix, and traveling. Dr. Lu received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and B.S. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.A. in Secondary Science Education from Loyola Marymount University.