Asian Americans Battle ‘Invisibility’ In Bid to Break Through the Bamboo Ceiling - Higher Education: By all accounts, Dr. Leslie Wong has had a distinguished career in higher education.
After serving as dean of Evergreen State College and provost and interim president at the University of Southern Colorado, Wong was appointed president of Northern Michigan University, a position he held for eight years. In August 2012, Wong became the 13th president of San Francisco State University, which serves more than 30,000 students.
But Wong’s résumé is also unusual in one respect: he’s an Asian American college president.
While African-Americans make up about 6.2 percent of the nation’s college presidents and Hispanics about 5.9 percent, Asian Americans account for only 1.5 percent. The numbers are equally dismal among other executive positions in the academy, including deans, provosts and vice presidents.