Leslie E. Wong
President, San Francisco State University
Leslie E. Wong joined San Francisco State University as its 13th president in August of 2012. He oversees one of the nation’s premier urban comprehensive universities offering baccalaureate degrees in 123 academic areas; 27 credential programs; 35 certificate programs; 62 master’s degrees; and 4 doctoral degrees. He leads more than 3,000 faculty and staff as they serve a student population of over 30,000.
Dr. Wong 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. Early in his career he had faculty appointments at Pierce College and Evergreen State College in Washington State. He served six years as Academic Dean of Evergreen State College before accepting an appointment as Provost and Academic Vice President at the University of Southern Colorado where he led efforts that significantly enhanced the institutions academic technology infrastructure. He also served as Interim President at the University of Southern Colorado where he was instrumental in augmenting institutional funding from both private and public sources. In 1999, Dr. Wong accepted an appointment as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Valley City State University in North Dakota. At Valley City State, he fostered innovative uses of technology, substantially grew institutional grant funding, and established international exchange programs in China and Mexico. In 2004, Dr. Wong was appointed president of Northern Michigan University where he led a successful recovery from accreditation concerns, developed the institutions first comprehensive strategic plan, increased institutional grant funding 1000%, and fostered institutional ties with the community. While at NMU, Dr. Wong's leadership in bringing technology to rural areas led to visits by President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
Dr. Wong maintains research interests in educational technology, academic assessment and the role of underrepresented minorities in the academy. He serves on numerous boards and community organizations including the AASCU New Presidents Academy, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, the Bay Area Council and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.