Friday, April 01, 2022
Dear campus community,
As the pool of finalists demonstrated, we attracted excellent candidates to serve as our next provost and vice president for academic affairs. I am grateful to the search committee and the students, faculty, staff and administrators who participated in the search and shared their thoughts about the candidates. It is with great pleasure that I announce that Amy Sueyoshi has been selected to serve as provost, effective July 1, 2022.
Dr. Sueyoshi has been the first in many roles in her time at SF State: first hire in queer studies in the College of Ethnic Studies, first female dean of the College of Ethnic Studies and now the first person of color to serve as provost at San Francisco State University. A faculty member at SF State since 2002, Dr. Sueyoshi previously served as director of Race and Resistance Studies (2006-2012) and associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies (2012-2017).
Dr. Sueyoshi has also distinguished herself by being the first Japanese American to be Community Grand Marshal at San Francisco Pride, founding the APIQWTC scholarship, founding curator of the first queer history museum in the U.S. and initiating the online undergraduate certificate in Ethnic Studies for incarcerated youth.
A noted scholar, Dr. Sueyoshi is the author of Discriminating Sex: White Leisure and the Making of the American “Oriental” and Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi, as well as numerous scholarly articles and essays. She earned a B.A. in history from Barnard College at Columbia University, a PhD. in History from the University of California at Los Angeles and is currently completing an MBA at San Francisco State.
At SF State, Dr. Sueyoshi has a successful record of increasing student enrollment, enhancing student success, supporting shared governance, promoting equity and implementing new programs. We are fortunate to have someone with her depth of experience who also knows our campus so well at this important time in our history.
I want to thank Jennifer Summit for all that she has done in the service of our students and our mission. And I also want to thank all the members of the search committee who devoted their time and expertise to this important process.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Sueyoshi.
Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D.