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MayKao Y. Hang


  • Education
  • DPA, Hamline University
    MA, University of Minnesota
    BA, Brown University

Dr. MayKao Y. Hang was appointed vice president and founding dean of the Morrison Family College of Health in the fall of 2019.

Hang is a proven, values-based leader who is passionate about the well-being of underserved communities and a champion of addressing disparities, and her background makes her an exciting fit to lead the new college. As president and CEO of the Wilder Foundation, for example, she designed programs and initiatives to address complex community issues and worked to integrate behavioral health services. That integrative approach is exactly how our new College of Health seeks to differentiate itself.

She also has two and a half decades of experience pioneering services; for instance, she developed programs to address disparities in children's mental health and grow the number of licensed clinicians of color. She also reformed traditional county mental health services and showed counties how to work with health plans for elderly services across the state. She will work with various faculty in existing programs to develop new curricula, hire new faculty and cultivate health provider partners.

Hang earned her BA in psychology from Brown University, MA in public affairs from the University of Minnesota, and doctorate in public administration from Hamline University.