Lynn Mahoney Will Be the First Woman President of San Francisco State University

Lynn Mahoney has been named the first woman president of San Francisco State University. The school enrolls nearly 27,000 undergraduate students and about 3,700 graduate students, according to the latest data supplied by the U.S. Department of Education. Women make up 56 percent of the undergraduate student body.

Currently, Dr. Mahoney serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. Previously she served in various roles at California State University, Long Beach including associate vice president for undergraduate studies and interim vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies. She has also held leadership roles at Purchase College in New York including associate provost for integrative learning and vice president for students.

“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 Dr. 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.”

Dr. Mahoney is a graduate of Stanford University where she majored in American studies. She holds a Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University.

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