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Thank You, President Corrigan

Photo of President CorriganAfter leading SF State for more than two decades, Robert A. Corrigan will retire from the presidency this summer. “I love this University and take great pride in all we have been able to accomplish together,” he told the campus community earlier this year. Here are some thoughts on the president's accomplishments and legacy.

President Corrigan, you have been a wonderful partner to our city, actively shaping our education policies and making sure our youth are career-ready professionals for the 21st-century new economy.
-- San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

President Corrigan's keen insights into the import of free speech and dissent helped create a climate of civil discourse in even the most contentious political circumstances.
-- Professor Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman chair in Jewish studies and social responsibility

As Academic Senate chair, I have always appreciated President Corrigan's commitment to and active support of shared governance. As a professor, I have been proud of having a president who has a true academic heart.
--- Professor of Classics Pamela Vaughn

President Corrigan was an early pioneer for diversity in education. At San Francisco State, he ... established groundbreaking initiatives to incorporate women and minorities into the faculty, resulting in one of the most diverse faculties of any U.S. university.
-- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco

President Corrigan encouraged scholarship in health and human services that addressed the needs of communities in the Mission and Bayview districts, and internationally in Bosnia, Nicaragua, Iraq and Kenya. His support has enhanced the reputation of SF State around the globe.
-- Charlotte A. Ferretti, professor of nursing and director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute

President Corrigan transformed the College of Science & Engineering into a first-rate college with a mission to provide students with strong academic preparation and research experience. We are now one of the leading Masters universities in the country.
-- Professor of Biology Frank Bayliss

I was extraordinarily proud to chair the search committee that recruited Bob Corrigan, who I believe is the best president to ever lead SF State. His commitment to scholarship, access and collegiality enhanced the student experience and will continue to improve the University long after his departure.
-- -George Marcus (B.A.,'65)

I'm a big fan of Bob's consciousness. He's built a tremendous institution at SF State.
-- Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom

From balancing a dwindling budget to balancing civil discourse against the rights of free speech on campus, President Corrigan always went with his conviction, even when it was controversial.
-- Laurie Pitman, SF State Foundation Board member

Under President Corrigan's leadership, the faculty came to recognize and embrace our shared commitment to education as a means to create a more equal and just society.
-- Professor and Chair of Health Education Mary Beth Love

Social justice and diversity are Bob's core beliefs, and the result speaks for itself. His legacy will last long into the future.
-- Kenneth Fong (B.S., '71; M.A., '74), CSU trustee


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