Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees

Winnie Leung

Businesswoman/Philanthropist

California State University, Sacramento

Winnie Leung has distinguished herself as a highly respected businesswoman and philanthropist, and she is a long-standing supporter and avid promoter of her alma mater, California State University, Sacramento.

In business, Mrs. Leung has had outstanding success with Horizon Associates, Ltd., an import/export company she established in 1973. She has also earned recognition in Hong Kong and China's Yunnan Province for supporting higher education and for her leadership as an advocate for emerging female entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Leung's service to Sacramento State has been resolute and steadfast, benefiting students from a multitude of academic programs. She led the development of partnerships between the campus and several Chinese educational institutions for new student, faculty, and staff exchange programs. In addition, she worked to cultivate a broad partnership between Sacramento State and Yunnan University.

Mrs. Leung founded and has continued to guide the Sacramento State alumni chapter in Hong Kong. She and her husband, Ken, have established generous endowments for student scholarships in government and business at Sacramento State, and they have donated valuable book collections and art to the campus. Her continuing dedication to the university is further evidenced by the fact that all three of her Hong Kong-raised children followed her example and also earned their degrees at Sacramento State.

She has been recognized throughout her life by many individuals and organizations. Her honors include the Distinguished Service Award from the Sacramento State Alumni Association in 1989, and the University President's Award, which she received along with her husband in 2000.

In recognition of Winnie Leung's outstanding accomplishments in her professional life, her meritorious service to society and her ongoing commitment to the development of her alma mater, the Board of Trustees of the California State University and California State University, Sacrament are proud to confer on Winnie Leung the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.