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Statement from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White on Pending Retirement of SFSU President Leslie E. Wong



​President Leslie Wong


The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White:

“Under President Wong’s leadership, San Francisco State has made remarkable progress in improving student success with graduation rates reaching all-time highs. The increase in graduation rates for students from traditionally underserved communities is particularly commendable. The campus’s tremendous success in fundraising will help maintain this upward trajectory for all students.

New housing and academic facilities projects that are currently under way are just some examples of the groundwork that he’s put in place that will benefit future students as well as the entire San Francisco community.”  

On October 1, 2018, San Francisco State University President Leslie E. Wong announced his decision to retire as campus president effective at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Wong’s successor. Under university policy, the chairman of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor Timothy White will select a committee made up of various campus stakeholders who will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus. 

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