San Francisco State University Names a New President

Leslie Wong of Northern Michigan University will start his new job Aug. 1.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 1:50 PM PDT
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SFSU Names a New President

San Francisco State University students exit the Muni station and enter the campus at 19th and Holloway Avenue, the main campus entrance.

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San Francisco State University will have a new president for the first time in nearly a quarter century.

The school informed students, faculty and alumni Thursday that Leslie E. Wong, the president of Northern Michigan University, will replace Robert Corrigan, who retired earlier this year.

"I am pleased and honored to be chosen as the next president of San Francisco State, and look forward to working closely with students, faculty, and staff," Wong said in a statement. "SFSU's commitment to social justice, its diverse student body and its position as a leader in the global educational arena make for a vibrant and forward thinking campus community."

Wong is expected to take over operation at San Francisco State University on Aug. 1. Corrigan held the position since 1998 but he stepped down earlier this year for retirement.

The new president will become the 13th in the school's history. Wong has served as Northern Michigan University's head official since 2004.

Wong has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Gonzaga University, a master's degree in experimental psychology from Eastern Washington University, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Washington State University.

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