Incoming president visits campus

June 4, 2012 -- SF State's incoming president, Leslie E. Wong, visited the campus May 16 to meet with student leaders, faculty and staff and share his thoughts on becoming the University's next leader.

A photo of incoming SF State president Leslie E Wong.

Leslie E. Wong, SF State's next president, visited the campus on May 16.

The California State University Board of Trustees on May 9 appointed Wong to succeed Robert A. Corrigan, who is retiring after 24 years as SF State's president. Wong, an Oakland native, is currently the president of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., a position he has held since 2004. He has also served as vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University in North Dakota and as provost, academic vice president and interim president at the University of Southern Colorado.

Wong graduated from Oakland’s Bishop O'Dowd High School -- where he met his wife, Phyllis, who also visited the campus. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Gonzaga University, his master's in experimental psychology from Eastern Washington University and his doctorate in educational psychology from Washington State University.

Wong begins his new position as president on August 1. To see a video with highlights of his visit to SF State as well as his thoughts about the University, go to


-- Jonathan Morales