Personal and educational background
Wong is of Chinese and Mexican descent. After graduating from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, California, Wong received his B.A. from Gonzaga University in 1972, his master's degree in experimental psychology from Eastern Washington University in 1974, and his doctoral degree in educational psychology from Washington State University in 1986.
Wong is married to Phyllis Wong.
From 1974 to 1988, Wong taught psychology at Pierce College, a community college in Tacoma, Washington. Wong was also women's varsity tennis coach at Pierce from 1975 to 1981. Wong later was a psychology professor at The Evergreen State College from 1988 to 1996 and was a dean at the college from 1990 to 1996.
Wong joined the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University–Pueblo) as provost and academic vice president in 1996 and was interim president of the university from January to June 30, 1997. Wong returned to his previous provost position and stayed until 1999. From 1999 to 2004, Wong was vice president for academic affairs at Valley City State University in North Dakota.
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