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After coming to the United States as an international student in the late 1960s, Billy Hu went on to call Warrensburg and UCM home while enjoying a university career that spanned 36 years. The professor emeritus of sociology has retired after contributing to the education of students in the Department of Sociology and Social Work.
Hu, who demonstrated his support for students by establishing the Dr. Billy Hu Sociology and Gerontology Endowed Scholarship, began teaching at UCM in 1974. During his tenure, he served as coordinator of the graduate program in sociology, and taught a wide range of courses in sociology, as well as modern language (Mandarin Chinese) and history for Asian minors classes.
In addition to his work in the classroom, Hu was known for his interest in serving others, both on and off campus. He was involved in community engagement activities with members of the Asian community in the Greater Kansas City area, served as sponsor of the Taiwan Chinese Student Association, and was president and board member for the Missouri Sociological Association. Hu also was a University Leadership Fellow for the Kansas City Urban League Multicultural Leadership Development Institute and was involved in the university’s
Kansas City Task Force.
Among his most prestigious accomplishments, Hu was selected twice as the seminar fellow participant in the Taiwan National Development Seminar sponsored by the Taiwan national government. The second Chinese professor to teach at UCM, Hu received the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, the top honor given to university faculty, in 2001.
Hu’s college education began at Tunghai University in Taiwan in 1964. After finishing his undergraduate education, he came to the U.S. to work on a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Missouri-Columbia.