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UT Tyler 40th Anniversary

1980s Growth

1980

  • UT Tyler’s 2,000th academic degree awarded.UT Tyler's Dr. Hamm

1981

  • 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.

1982

  • UT Tyler enrollment surpasses 2,000.
  • $10 million from Lindsey-Merrick Estate bequeathed to UT Tyler.
  • UT Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series introduced.

1983

  • UT Tyler enrollment surpasses 3,000.

1984

  • UT Tyler Endowed Professorship Program initiated; professorships established by Mary John and Ralph Spence and George W. and Robert S. Pirtle.

1989

  • Coordinating Board authorizes master of science in nursing degree.
  • UT Tyler men’s tennis team wins national championship.
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