Winnie Leung— Campus advocate
Winnie Leung (’66, Business Administration) came to Sac State as an exchange student from Hong Kong. She left as an ambassador. The University was selected for its practicality. “I chose Sac State because my mother’s brother and his family lived in Sacramento so I had a family to stay with while I was away from home,” Leung says. But after graduating from the College of Business Administration, she became one of the University’s most avid supporters.
So much so that all three of her Hong Kong-raised children followed her lead: Josephine (’91, Business Administration), program manager for the Retina Institute at Mercy General Hospital; Phyllis (’95, Interior Design), an interior designer; and Daniel (’98, Business Administration), a company director for Horizon Associates Ltd. and for T.M. Leung & Co., which manages the family’s assets and investment portfolio. Leung also founded the Sac State alumni chapter in Hong Kong. And even her husband, San Jose State product and Development Bank of Singapore director Kenneth, has been named an honorary alumnus.
“We are proud to be Sac State graduates,” she says.
But Leung’s support for the University goes beyond selling it to family members. She has actively worked to introduce Sac State programs in China. She and her husband also started an endowment to fund a scholarship in government, and established another endowment to fund an annual four-year President’s Scholarship in business administration. In addition they donated replicas of two historic Chinese statues to the Sac State Library and donated Chinese artworks to Napa Hall, home of the College of Continuing Education.
The pair were awarded the University’s first-ever President’s Award during the 2000 Winter Commencement. The award honors outstanding service to the University, to higher education or to the public and common good.
After graduation, Winnie Leung returned to Hong Kong to work as an executive in several big corporations. “In the 60s there were very few Americantrained Chinese university graduates returning to Hong Kong,” she says. “All foreign corporations were eager to hire bilingual and bicultural staff. I became a very valuable professional person in great demand.”
She was also one of the top-paid executives in Hong Kong at the time. In 1973 started her own the import and export company, Horizon Associates Ltd., exporting Hong Kong-made garments to America and the rest of the world.
Leung was named the College of Business Administration’s Outstanding Alumna in 1985 and received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award and Order of the Hornet in 1989.