In 1957, when Glenn Dumke became SF State's fifth president at the age of 41, he was one of the youngest college presidents in the country.
In the 1950s, with California's population increasing by some 1,500 people per day, there was need for a master plan to coordinate higher learning in the state. Dumke, while still president at SF State, was appointed as a member of the Survey Team that was established to prepare a Master Plan for Higher Education in California, and was instrumental in formulating the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. The Act grouped SF State with other California colleges into a single system with its own Board of Trustees centered in Long Beach -- the beginning of the California State University.
Dumke went on to become the new system's first Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, serving for 20 years.
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