Sonoma State University Names Interim Chancellor

Retired Sacramento State Vice President for Administration and Business Affairs Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee has been named Interim Chancellor of Sonoma State University. Lee is filling the vacancy left by Judy Sakaki who resigned amid allegations she mishandled sexual harassment complaints against her husband.

Lee worked for Sacramento State for nearly three decades before retiring in 2018.

“Throughout his decades of service to Sacramento State, Dr. Lee has a demonstrated history of collaboration and innovation leading to improved levels of student achievement,” said Cal State’s Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester, who also stepped in to fill a vacancy spurred by a similar resignation. “He has served as a faculty member and led two divisions within the university, and these experiences give him unique and thorough insight into the operations of a university campus.”

“As the first member of my family to earn a college degree, I understand the profound impact it can make on the life of a student and their family. I look forward to working with SSU’s dedicated faculty, staff, administrators and student leaders to offer transformative opportunities to the students of the North Bay,” said Lee.

Lee will earn an annual salary of $324,052 plus $60,000 in housing benefits, which is what Sakaki was paid.


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