Leslie E. Wong
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Leslie E. Wong began his tenure as the 13th president of San Francisco State University in 2012. Previously, Wong served nine years as president of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan.

During his tenure at NMU, Wong spearheaded a number of initiatives including improved academic quality; developed a comprehensive strategic plan for the university; secured funding for the construction of a new academic building; dramatically increased fundraising and grants, and integrated technology throughout the campus.

Wong is actively committed to student success and to fostering an institutional environment that is adaptable to the needs of 21st century students. As the leader of San Francisco State, a campus that is deeply invested in its community, he encourages students to find their voices—and leads a talented group of faculty and staff committed to social justice, equity and making public higher education an essential asset to our collective future.

Academic Experience

President, San Francisco State University, 2012 to date.

President, Northern Michigan University, 2004-12.

Vice president for academic affairs, Valley City State University (North Dakota), 1999-2004.

Provost and academic vice president, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, 1996-99.

Interim president, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, 1997.

Academic dean, The Evergreen State College, 1990-96.

Faculty member, The Evergreen State College, 1988-96.

Psychology instructor, Pierce College, 1974-88.

Women's varsity tennis coach, Pierce College, 1975-81.


Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Washington State University
M.S., Experimental Psychology, Eastern Washington University
B.A., Psychology, Gonzaga University