Highlights of The University of Texas at Tyler’s first four decades include:
- Texas Legislature approves bill authored by Billy Williamson and others to create Tyler State College, first state university in 14-county East Texas Planning Region.
- First Board of Regents for Tyler State College appointed; Harold J. McKenzie, chairman of the board.
- Dr. James H. Stewart named first president of Tyler State College.
- First class of 176 students enrolls.
- First commencement ceremony held.
- Tyler philanthropists James S. Hudnall, George W. Pirtle and Isadore Roosth donate land for 204-acre campus.
- Tyler State College becomes Texas Eastern University by action of 64th Texas Legislature. Bill sponsored by State Sen. Peyton McKnight and State Rep. Bill Clark; signed by Gov. Dolph Briscoe.
- First master’s degrees awarded.
- First classes held on new $42 million, nationally-recognized campus.
- Construction starts on Health and Physical Education (HPE) facility.
- Work begins on dam between upper and lower levels of Mike Harvey Lake.
- University becomes component of UT System by action of 66th Texas Legislature. Bill sponsored by State Sen. Peyton McKnight and State Rep. Bill Clark; signed by Gov. William P. Clements Jr.
- Dr. George F. Hamm named university’s second president.
- Robert R. Muntz Library opens. The $4.5 million facility is largest library collection in 14-county East Texas Planning Region.
- $10 million from Lindsey-Merrick Estate bequeathed to UT Tyler.
- UT Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series introduced.
- Texas voters add UT Tyler as beneficiary of Texas’ Permanent University Fund (PUF) – provides proceeds from endowed state fund for building construction, thus saving state and local tax monies.
- UT Tyler Endowed Professorship Program initiated; professorships established by Mary John and Ralph Spence and George W. and Robert S. Pirtle.
- UT Tyler men’s tennis team wins national championship.
- UT Tyler’s 10,000th academic degree awarded.
- UT Tyler’s first Interactive Video instruction implemented.
- University Pines apartments, student on-campus housing, opens.
- UT Tyler men’s tennis team wins second national title.
- UT Tyler Palestine Campus opens.
- UT Tyler George F. Hamm Endowed Chair in Arts and Humanities established by university supporters.
- UT Tyler Bart Brooks Endowed Professorship of Ethics and Leadership established.
- UT Tyler four-year status approved by Texas Legislature.
- $22 million UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center opens.
- Dr. Rodney H. Mabry becomes the university’s third president.
- UT Tyler admits its first freshman class.
- UT Tyler School of Business Administration approved for accreditation by the AACSB-The International Association for Management Education.
- New Millennium Vision announces UT Tyler’s 10-year strategic plan for growth.
- UT Tyler presidential and alumni scholarship program, for community and junior college transfer students, initiated – designed to increase not only the affordability of four-year college degree but also the number of college graduates in the East Texas region.
- UT Tyler announces multi-million dollar building campaign to prepare for expected growth in student enrollment.
- UT Tyler begins participation in online master of business administration degree program.
- UT Tyler Longview University Center opens.
- Ralph and Mary John Spence Fountain dedicated.
- UT Tyler Celia and Sam Roosth Endowed Chair of Education established.
- UT Tyler announces plans to implement intercollegiate athletics program. Appoints athletic directors and begins competing in NCAA Division III with men’s and women’s tennis program.
- UT Tyler Riter Millennium Carillon Tower and Plaza completed. With 57 bells, it is the largest carillon in Texas and one of the 20 largest in the nation.
- University recognized in Associated Press news report as providing its students with the best opportunity to study with full-time professors compared to all other public universities in the state.
- Largest fall (4,235) and spring (3,807) enrollments to date.
- Louise Herrington Patriot Center opens.
- David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building opens.
- Athletic program begins NCAA provisional membership
- College of Engineering is accredited by ABET. (The civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.)
- Braithwaite Endowed Faculty Chair established.
- Patriot Village student apartments open.
- University of Texas Health Clinic opens.
- Civil engineering program begins.
- First sororities and fraternities implemented.
- UT Tyler Ballpark and Irwin Baseball Field open.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Ornelas Residence Hall opens.
- Bill Ratliff Engineering and Sciences Complex South Building opens.
- Citizens First Bank Perkins Soccer Complex dedication.
- Civil and environmental engineering degree programs begin.
- Largest commencement to date (607 candidates).
- Bill Ratliff Engineering and Science Complex North Building opens.
- Construction management and nurse practitioner degree programs begin.
- University becomes full member of NCAA.
- Higher Education Coordinating Board approves UT Tyler’s first Ph.D. program (nursing).
- First Ph.D. students enroll in fall semester.
- University Center addition opens.
- Robert R. Muntz Library garden opens for student use.
- UT Tyler reaches another record fall enrollment with 6,234 headcount.
- Renovated University Center opens.
- Dr. Lee Roy and Lucy Mathis Hall opens on the Palestine Campus.
- Largest commencement to date (809 candidates)
UT Tyler observes 40th anniversary with yearlong celebration that begins June 10, 2011.
- President's Letter
- Around Campus
- Cover Story: 40th Anniversary and Still Growing
- Focus On: Faculty - Criminal Justice Professor John Clark Studies Behavior of Juries
- Focus On: Alumni - UT Tyler Graduate Turns Classroom Idea Into Successful Business
- Focus On: Students - UT Tyler Inaugural Doctoral Grads Equipped to Impact Their Communities
- Focus On: Benefactors - Hibbs Family Gift Establishes UT Tyler Business Institute
- Patriot Athletics: Season Highlights
- Class Notes