Presidential Search Updates

Lynn Mahoney Appointed President of San Francisco State University

May 22, 2019

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees has appointed Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D., to serve as president of San Francisco State University (SFSU). Mahoney currently serves as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs for California State University, Los Angeles.

“San Francisco State is the city’s vibrant and diverse nexus for academics, culture and advocacy. The transformative education offered at SF State uplifts the lives of those who earn a degree, and graduates go on to become the community’s next generation of leaders,” said Mahoney. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, community members and campus administrators to ensure a welcome and inclusive environment for our students as is befitting of one of the most socially conscious cities in the country.”

Mahoney becomes the 14th president of SFSU and the first woman appointed to serve in the role in a permanent ​capacity. She will join the campus in her new capacity on July 15. Mahoney succeeds Leslie E. Wong who will be retiring in July 2019 after 46 years in higher education including service as SFSU president for the past seven years.

“Throughout her career, Dr. Mahoney has been dedicated to student success and has made a profoundly positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of students across the CSU,” said CSU Trustee Rebecca Eisen, chair of the SFSU search committee. “She is the type of bold thinking leader who will continue to elevate SFSU.”

As the chief academic officer at Cal State LA, Mahoney’s portfolio of responsibilities includes oversight of all eight of the campus’ colleges as well as the library and all academic support units.

From 2008 through early 2015, Mahoney held various roles at California State University, Long Beach including associate vice president for undergraduate studies and interim vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies where she oversaw enrollment planning and institutional research among other areas. Her other professional experience in higher education includes leadership positions at Purchase College, State University of New York, where she was associate provost for integrative learning and vice president for students as well as a member of the faculty.

Mahoney earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University.

Campus Open Forum: Presidential Search Video

February 5, 2019


SF State Presidential Search Committee to hold first meeting

January 23, 2019

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees is beginning the search for a new president of San Francisco State University to succeed Dr. Leslie E. Wong, who is retiring in July 2019. The first meeting of the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President will be held in an open forum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5 in the McKenna Theater in the Creative Arts Building on the San Francisco State campus. The open forum will be followed by a closed meeting.

The open forum will be live-streamed (and web-archived) on the Presidential Search webpage, where individuals may also provide their input.

CSU Trustee Rebecca Eisen will chair the committee. The other trustee members include:  Wenda Fong, Larry Norton and Lateefah Simon as well as Trustee Chairman Adam Day and CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Board policy requires the chair of the CSU trustees to appoint an Advisory Committee to the Trustees' Committee. The Advisory Committee is composed of representatives from faculty, staff, students and alumni, as well as a member of a campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus' constituency groups. Also on the Advisory Committee is an administrator from the campus and a president of another CSU campus — both selected by the chancellor. Both committees function as one unified group.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include:

SF State faculty members Robert Keith Collins, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, and Mary Beth Love, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Health Education and Executive Director of the Metro College Success Program

Nancy Counts Gerber, Ph.D., Chair of the SF State Academic Senate, and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Shae Antonette Hancock, Executive Assistant, University Enterprises (staff representative)

Nathan Jones, President, SF State Associated Students (student representative)

Janice Gumas, CSU Alumni Council (alumni representative)

Taylor Safford, Chair, SF State Foundation Board (campus advisory board representative)

Alvin N. Alvarez, Ph.D., Dean, SF State College of Health & Social Sciences (administration representative)

Community representatives Ramona Tascoe, M.D. and Joaquín Torres, Director, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City of San Francisco

Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., President of California State University, Fresno

The purpose of meeting in an open forum is to: review the role of the committee, explain the search process and confidentiality, and receive input from the campus community and public regarding preferred attributes of the next president.

Over the next several months, the committee will review candidates and conduct interviews.

SF State President Leslie E. Wong announces retirement

November 1, 2018

San Francisco State University President Leslie E. Wong announced on Oct. 1 that he will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, effective July 30, 2019.

President Wong is the University’s 13th President and was appointed to the position in 2012. His career in higher education and administration spans 46 years.

“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’ 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,” said California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White.

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 which will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus.