sfstate.jpgCalifornia State University officials on Thursday announced Leslie E. Wong as president of San Francisco State University, the school’s first new president in more than 20 years.

The CSU Board of Trustees named Wong as the successor to retiring President Robert Corrigan, who has served as SFSU president since 1988.

Wong, who currently serves as president of Northern Michigan University, is expected to begin his new position on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Wong brings a strong record of accomplishments, academic experience and exceptional leadership skills to his new position,” CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the presidential search committee, said in a statement.

Prior to being president at Northern Michigan University, Wong served in leadership roles at Valley City State University in North Dakota and University of Southern Colorado.

“I am pleased and honored to be chosen as the next president of San Francisco State,” 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,” he said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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