Week of events planned for presidential investiture

SF State will host a weeklong celebration March 9-15, centered around the formal investiture of Leslie E. Wong as the University's 13th president.

A photo of SF State President Les Wong.

President Wong will be formally invested as SF State's 13th president during a ceremony on March 14.

The week's theme is "XLR8@SF State," or "accelerating progress," and the entire campus community is invited to participate in activities aimed at both celebrating the accomplishments of recent years and looking toward the University's future.

A formal ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., March 14 in McKenna Theatre. The investiture ceremony is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. A reception for all will be held in Jack Adams Hall following the ceremony. Pre-investiture activities will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the Quad.

A celebration dinner will be held on the evening of March 15 in downtown San Francisco. The dinner will honor both President Wong's investiture and the 2013 class of the Alumni Hall of Fame. Following the dinner, President Wong and his wife, Phyllis, will return to campus to join students at a late-night "Noise Complaint" dance party.

Other events during investiture week include:

  • "One Community" day of service, Saturday, March 9
  • XLR8@SF State 5K Walk/Run on campus, Sunday, March 10
  • Panel presentation: Celebration of Faculty as Teacher-Scholars in STEM Education, noon to 2 p.m. Monday, March 11
  • Faculty Reception with President and Mrs. Wong, 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, March 11
  • Word for Word Performance: You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon, Tuesday, March 12
  • Lecture: The Sutro Library and Its Importance to California, by Kevin Starr, 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 13

Some of the events require advance registration and/or fees. Visit the investiture events page for more information about the week's activities and to register.

Unlike political inaugurations, university investitures often take place some time after a new president has assumed office to give him or her time to get to know the campus as well as students, faculty, staff and community members. President Wong began his tenure at SF State on Aug. 1 and is now engaged with students, faculty and staff in a campus-wide strategic planning process to guide the University's future.

Before coming to SF State, President Wong served for nine years as the president of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. He has also served in administrative and academic roles at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., University of Southern Colorado in Pueblo, Colo., The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. and Pierce College in Tacoma, Wash. The Oakland native holds 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. 

Additional information about investiture week is available on the investiture web page as well as through University's Facebook and Twitter pages.

-- Jonathan Morales