Robert A. Corrigan
Robert A. Corrigan

Dr. Robert A. Corrigan

San Francisco State University

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Robert A. Corrigan has served as the 12th president of San Francisco State University since 1988. Previously, he served nine years as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. At both universities, he has made civic engagement and the application of university expertise to community issues a campus hallmark.

Corrigan’s current national activities include service on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Anchor Institutions Task Force, the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch Task Force, and the Commission on Access, Diversity & Excellence of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Locally, Dr. Corrigan served two terms as chair of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Mayor's advisory groups on Children, Youth, and Families Policy, and Biotechnology. His awards include the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the 2009 San Francisco Business Times "Most Admired CEO" award, and the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

Earlier in his career, Corrigan founded the Afro-American Studies program—one of the nation’s first—at the University of Iowa, and published a bibliography of Afro-American fiction for this emerging discipline. He is a specialist on the life of Ezra Pound and has published and lectured on Pound’s poetry and role in American literature and history.

Academic Experience

President and Professor of English and Humanities, San Francisco State University, 1988 to date.

Chancellor and Professor of English, University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1979-88.

Provost for Arts and Humanities and Professor of English and American Studies, University of Maryland-College Park, 1974-79.

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1973-74.

Visiting Professor of American Studies, Grinnell College, 1970.

Associate Professor of English and American Civilization, University of Iowa, 1969-73.

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, 1966-69.

Instructor in English, University of Iowa, 1964-66.

Instructor in American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1963-64.

Visiting Lecturer, Philadelphia Museum College of Art, 1963-64.

Lecturer in English Literature, Bryn Mawr College, 1962-63.

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture, University of Gothenburg (Sweden), 1959-62.

Researcher, Philadelphia Historical Commission, 1957-59.


Ph.D., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania