Office of the President
Timeline of The University of Texas at Tyler
More Than 4 Decades of Growth and Excellence
- 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, Jr., 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.
- Small Business Institute created.
- 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 begins on health and physical education 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.
- UT Tyler’s 2,000th academic degree awarded.
- Dr. George F. Hamm named university’s second president.
- Robert R. Muntz Library opens, $4.5 million facility largest library collection in 14-county East Texas Planning Region.
- UT Tyler enrollment surpasses 2,000.
- $10 million from Lindsey-Merrick Estate bequeathed to UT Tyler.
- UT Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series introduced.
- UT Tyler enrollment surpasses 3,000.
- 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.
- Coordinating Board authorizes master of science in nursing degree.
- UT Tyler men’s tennis team wins national championship.
- UT Tyler’s 10,000th academic degree awarded.
- UT Tyler initiates plans for Joint Baccalaureate Studies program with area community colleges.
- UT Tyler’s first Interactive Video instruction implemented.
- Coordinating Board authorizes master of science in mathematics.
- University Pines apartments, student on-campus housing, opens.
- Coordinating Board authorizes master of science degree in biology.
- UT Tyler men’s tennis team wins second national title.
- Groundbreaking ceremony for $22 million UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.
- UT Tyler engineering program approved by Texas Legislature.
- 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.
- Coordinating Board authorizes master’s in political science degree.
- R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center opens.
- UT Tyler four-year status approved by Texas Legislature.
- Development of UT Tyler Longview University Center approved by Texas Legislature.
- UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center opens. This landmark edifice features 2,000 seat Vaughn Auditorium, Braithwaite Recital Hall and Meadows Arts Gallery.
- Coordinating Board authorizes master of arts in teaching and master of engineering degrees.
- 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.
- Eighty-four permanent university endowments reach a market value of more than $33 million.
- 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 low number of college graduates in the East Texas region.
- UT Tyler announces multimillion dollar building campaign to prepare for expected growth in student enrollment.
- UT Tyler students approve recreational facility fee for proposed health and kinesiology physical education complex.
- UT Tyler begins participation in online master of business administration degree program. The program is offered through The University of Texas TeleCampus.
- 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 academic reorganization.
- 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.
- UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center celebrates fifth anniversary season.
- Groundbreaking ceremony for health and kinesiology physical education complex, an 86,000 square-foot facility to house classrooms and faculty offices, indoor jogging/walking track, racquetball courts, fitness equipment and free-weight area, outdoor swimming pool and gymnasium/convocation area with volleyball and basketball courts.
- Groundbreaking ceremony for David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building. The over 30,000-square-foot facility will house classrooms and faculty offices, student lounge area, conference room, study labs, computer labs and nursing skills labs. The high-tech classrooms are equipped for interactive television (ITV) broadcasting to and from other sites.
- University recognized in Associated Press news report as providing its students with the best opportunity to study with full-time professors - rather than graduate assistants or adjuncts - compared to all other public universities in the state.
- Largest fall (4,235) and spring (3,807) enrollments to date.
- The Louise Herrington Patriot Center, UT Tyler's health and kinesiology physical education complex, opens.
- David G. and Jacqueline M. Braithwaite Building opens.
- Athletic program begins NCAA provisional membership
- College of Engineering is accredited by ABET.
- Braithwaite Endowed Faculty Chair established.
- Washington Advisory Group encourages addition of Ph.D. programs and expanded research.
- Patriot Village student apartments open.
- Construction begins on engineering, sciences and technology building and student residence hall.
- University of Texas Health Clinic opens.
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves planning of university’s first two Ph.D. programs (nursing and human resource development).
- Construction begins on new facility for UT Health Clinic.
- Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board authorizes the planning of first two Ph.D. programs (nursing and human resource development).
- Civil engineering program begins.
- First sororities (Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Chi Omega) and fraternities (Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Sigma) implemented.
- UT Tyler Ballpark and Irwin Baseball Field opens.
- Largest commencement to date (607 candidates).
- University of Texas Health Clinic opens in temporary facility.
- Texas Legislature authorizes Tuition Revenue Bond funds to complete South Building of Bill Ratliff Engineering and Sciences Complex and construct a new Palestine Campus facility.
- Citizens 1st Bank/Perkins Soccer Complex opens.
- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Z. Ornelas Residence Hall opens.
- Bill Ratliff Engineering and Sciences Complex South Building opens.
- Construction begins on $11 million University Center addition.
- Civil and environmental engineering degree programs begin.
- 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.
- UT Tyler reaches another record fall enrollment with 6,234 headcount.
- Robert R. Muntz Library garden opens.
- Renovated University Center opens.
- Dr. Lee Roy and Lucy Mathis Hall opens on the Palestine Campus.
- UT Tyler’s second president, Dr. George F. Hamm, dies on Oct. 10 in Tyler. He was 79.
- UT Tyler observes 40th anniversary with yearlong celebration that begins June 10, 2011.
- First doctoral students graduate.
- The U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Tyler online master's and doctoral nursing programs No. 3 in the nation for teaching practices and student engagement.
- Air quality, energy efficiency to be tested in TxAIRE Homes: the UT Tyler Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Institute held a ribbon cutting at the completion of research/demonstration homes construction.
- UT Tyler starts inaugural class in Global Awareness Through Education (GATE) program. The cohort prepares for summer 2013 trip to Japan.
- 83rd Legislature passes Bill 566 to authorize the creation the College of Pharmacy. A joint proposal from UT Tyler and UT Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Northeast), the pharmacy college requires no state funds to operate but relies on philanthropic gifts and student tuition.
- Gov. Rick Perry signs bill authorizing pharmacy program.
- Fisch Foundation establishes the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, which is the university’s first named college.
- Board of Regents approves pharmacy program, naming of College of Pharmacy, hiring new pharmacy dean and new building for pharmacy program.
- Dr. Lane Brunner named first dean of the College of Pharmacy.
- Additions to Biology, Education and Psychology and Braithwaite buildings open.
- Patriots Applying Technology for Success and Savings (PATSS) program launches.
- UT Tyler is awarded $11 million grant – the largest in university history.
- UT Tyler enrollment exceeds 7,000.
- Music program receives full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music, the accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines among collegiate and post-secondary schools.
- Plans for The University of Texas at Tyler Alumni House underway.
- 15,000-square-foot wing is being added to the Cowan Center to house UT Tyler musical arts studies.
- Alumni House groundbreaking.
- 9% enrollment increase during fall 2015, 8,862 students (largest fall semester enrollment increase in UT Tyler’s history).
- Grand Opening – Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy.
- Dr. Mabry reveals plans for UT Tyler’s next decade during Strategic Planning rollout.
- New nursing doctoral program - Doctorate in Nursing Practice - approved.
- Grand Opening for UT Tyler Center for the Musical Arts facility, a new wing of the Cowan Center building.
- Groundbreaking for four-story 140,000-square-foot building to house the Soules College of Business.
- Land purchased for UT Tyler East Campus.
- Dr. Rodney H. Mabry retires as UT Tyler president on Dec. 31.
- Dr. Michael V. Tidwell takes office as the fourth president of UT Tyler on Jan. 1.