Foundation News: August 2016

Scholarship students stand in front of the library holding hand-written signs that read "you make futures happen"


According to a report published jointly last month by data analysis firm Priceonomics and, SF State is the country's most ethnically diverse college campus among large universities. The report indicates that the University's student body is the most racially/ethnically balanced among the nation's 100 largest universities, while among all U.S. universities SF State ranks an impressive 12th in student diversity.

Foundation directors should take pride in knowing they help promote SF State's diversity through their support of programs and scholarships in particular that benefit students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. In fact, one of the central goals of Bold.Thinking. The Campaign for San Francisco State is to help remove the barriers these students often encounter when pursuing their degrees. They place their trust in the promise of higher education for a better future, and through this campaign and our continued efforts at the Foundation, we are committed to rewarding their confidence in SF State.

Robert Nava
SF State Foundation President


President Les Wong stands by new Gator statue in Don Nasser Family Plaza outside the Main Gym

He’s a fan! President Wong is among the first to welcome our new Gator statue to its home on the Nasser Family Plaza. Leonard Hunter, an SF State Professor Emeritus, designed the statue and Ilaman Sabirov, a visiting sculptor from Turkmenistan, executed Prof. Hunter’s design. Now SF State students have even more reason to meet and relax on the plaza and reflect on their Gator pride! Thanks to Doug Hupke and the Alumni Relations staff for spearheading this effort and special thanks to Don Nasser and his family for helping improve the plaza and campus.


Sue V. Rosser stands by a bookcase

The CSU taps Sue Rosser to advance its graduation goals

She will step down as SF State's provost on September 1 to help lead the CSU's Graduation Initiative 2025, specifically working to expand undergraduate research opportunities. Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Jennifer Summit will serve as interim provost.

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris joins SF State as Liberal & Creative Arts Dean

Following a move from New Hampshire with his family and 3-year-old yellow lab, the newly arrived dean looks forward to running one of the largest and most comprehensive academic programs devoted to the humanities, social sciences and creative arts in Northern California.



Campaign progress to date: $51.9 million raised toward a goal of $150 million


$121,142 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support the 2016 California Teachers Summit.

$86,000 from the Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco to support the Commercial Real Estate Program in the College of Business.

$70,000 from the ARCS Foundation to support the Achievement Rewards College Scientists Scholarship in the College of Science & Engineering.

$40,000 bequest expectancy from Professor Emerita Cecelia Wambach and Ms. Barbara Ausubel to establish the Cecelia Wambach Scholarship Fund for students majoring in Elementary Education.



Total Gifts as of 8/15/16:


2016-17 Goal:


% of Goal:




September 30, 2016, 4-6 p.m.

Board Meeting - AT&T Park

December 15, 2016, 3-5 p.m.

Board Meeting - Seven Hills Conference Center

March 4, 2017

Board Meeting & Advance, Napa

June 22, 2017, 3-5 p.m.

Annual Meeting & Board Meeting - Seven Hills Conference Center

Board Study Sessions

In response to interest expressed in board development opportunities, the Foundation will offer 2-3 board study sessions this year. These interactive sessions, led by industry experts, will include policy discussions on major issues impacting higher education. All directors are encouraged to participate. Details of the first study session are as follows:

September 30, 2016, 3–3:45 p.m. at AT&T Park

Facilitator: Larry Ladd, Director of Higher Education Practice, Grant Thornton

Larry Ladd is an expert on higher education industry trends and institutional best practices as well as a national resource on non-profit governance, enterprise risk assessment, budgeting and financial planning, endowment management, sponsored research, and internal controls. Before joining Grant Thornton in 1998, he served as Director of Budget and Financial Planning at Harvard University, Dean of Administration and Dean of the College of Special Studies at Tufts University, Associate Director for Institution Operations and Chief Financial Officer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Assistant Provost for Budget & Administration at Boston University, and Assistant to the President of Duke University.