Paul F. Romberg, SF State's tenth president, was the only president in the CSU system to have served as president of two CSU institutions: in 1967, he was founding president of California State College, Bakersfield, which opened for instruction in fall 1970.
Romberg established a long-range planning commission which produced a 10-year plan for the University. He also expanded SFSU's Pacific Basin program, and helped increase recognition, both on and off-campus, of SF State as an urban university.
In 1978, Romberg, a biologist and botanist, obtained a federal lease on 35 acres of San Francisco Bay shoreline in Tiburon for $1 and established SFSU's estuarine and marine reseach and education facility -- the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, renamed in his honor after his death in 1985.
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