At opening faculty meeting, a look to the future

At the opening faculty meeting held Thursday, SF State President Les Wong thanked faculty members for their hard work over the past year and invited them to join him in planning for the University's future.

A photo of President Les Wong addressing faculty members in McKenna Theatre.

President Les Wong addresses faculty members at the opening faculty meeting held Sept. 12 in McKenna Theatre.

With the passage of Proposition 30 last November, Wong told those gathered in McKenna Theatre that, for the first time in several years, SF State can look forward to the years ahead free from uncertainty surrounding the budget.

"In some cases we will execute quickly and efficiently," he said. "More importantly, we get a precious moment to assess, evaluate and consider how we want to confront the future. And our best thinking, achieved this year, will set in motion our direction for a number of years."

The University has recently begun crafting a new strategic plan, and Wong encouraged faculty members to provide their thoughts and insights to the strategic planning committee.

Recounting his first year as SF State's president, Wong also told faculty their hard work is evident in the SF State alumni he has met across the globe who are making a difference in their communities.

"San Francisco State University is like no other University anywhere, and have no doubt, we are on the move, we are a key part of this city's success, " Wong said. "More importantly, we are a key part of the success of our students and their families."

The meeting began with a welcome from Lawrence Hanley, chair of the Academic Senate, and presentations by six faculty members about their latest research:

  • Nan Alamilla Boyd, associate professor of women & gender studies, representing the College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Marco Bravo, associate professor of elementary education, representing the Graduate College of Education
  • Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, associate professor of Asian American studies, representing the College of Ethnic Studies
  • Sameer Verma, professor of information systems, representing the College of Business
  • Vance Vredenburg, associate professor of biology, representing the College of Science & Engineering
  • David Walsh, professor of kinesiology, representing the College of Health & Social Sciences

College deans then introduced new faculty members to their colleagues, followed by remarks from Sheila Tully, president of the SF State chapter of the California Faculty Association.

After the meeting, faculty and staff members headed to Jack Adams Hall for a reception.

-- Jonathan Morales