San Francisco State University named Leslie E. Wong as its 13th president Thursday, its first new leader in nearly a quarter century.
The head of Northern Michigan University since 2004, Wong, 62, will replace Robert Corrigan on Aug. 1. Corrigan is retiring after 24 years as president of the campus of nearly 30,000 students that anchors the wind-blown southwest corner of the city.
"How can you fill Bob Corrigan's shoes? We'll never fill them - but Les is very close," said John Gumas, chairman of the San Francisco State Foundation, which raises money for the cash-starved public university. "He was by far the best candidate.
"He's a prolific fundraiser," said Gumas, who served on the committee of faculty, staff and students that advised California State University trustees in their selection. "That has to be top of the agenda."