As many of you know, this is my last academic year as president of San Francisco State University. I announced at the opening faculty meeting of the fall semester that I would retire from the presidency at academic year’s end, to return to the life of scholarship and discovery that started me on a 52-year journey in academia.
What a wonderful journey it has been. I was attracted to teaching because it gave me an opportunity to give back -- a forum for helping deserving men and women to learn, expand their thinking and grow into productive citizens. In teaching, I found that I could extend to my students the same hand of guidance, encouragement and support that had been given to me when I attended college -- the first in my family to do so.
Over the years -- as a provost, a chancellor and a president -- I was privileged to multiply that impact, helping through leadership and orchestration of resources to achieve larger goals in support of students. More than 20 of those years were here at SF State, where we were successful in further diversifying both the student body and the faculty, adding key buildings and housing to our footprint, and firmly establishing SF State as a national leader in civic engagement and service.
The result is a University deeply engaged with its community; committed to providing opportunity for promising students; and dedicated to scholarship, discovery and creativity.
Rarely at a master’s level university will you see the rich, innovative and principled dedication to the "life of the mind" that one sees at SF State. The pages that follow provide vivid examples. Faculty seeking to ensure the health of key players in the food chain, seeking to minimize conflict and war through effective communication, to preserve the power of poets’ spoken words and to reverse the injustice of a voice suppressed.
I am very proud of the environment for learning and productivity that we have created here at SF State. My thanks to all of you -- especially the generous donors whom we acknowledge within this magazine -- for your ongoing support of this remarkable campus. I look forward to working with you during the months to follow in continuing our important work on behalf of our students and society at large.
Robert A. Corrigan