July 18, 2013
San Francisco Business Times
By Ron Leuty
A $1 million gift to San Francisco State University from retired Bank of America Corp. Chairman and CEO Richard Rosenberg and his wife Barbara will fund a new marine biology institute at the school’s Romberg Tiburon Center.
The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science will support an endowment for a spring and fall academic lecture series for the center’s graduate students and the public. It also will fund a biannual public forum on marine biology and related topics.
The center, a Navy base during World War II, houses scientists and students studying San Francisco Bay and its surrounding wetlands as well as the open ocean along California’s coastline and other locales.
“The Romberg Tiburon Center may be one of the better-kept secrets of the Bay Area, but we think it’s the perfect platform to attract great students and great faculty to work on issues in marine biology and the marine environment,” Rosenberg said in a press release.
The Rosenbergs also have funded scholarships for Romberg Tiburon Center students.
“Their generous support will ensure that many generations of researchers, students and citizens have excellent opportunities to understand and protect one of our region’s most exceptional assets — the San Francisco Bay,” San Francisco State President Leslie Wong said.