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West Virginia University


1862

Congress enacted the Morrill Act

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Feb 07, 1867

WVU was founded as West Virginia Agricultural College

Jun 01, 1867

Alexander Martin was first president of WVU

1867

WVU opened its doors

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1873

The Woodburn Seminary at WVU burned

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1876

Originally called "New Hall," Woodburn Hall was completed at WVU

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1878

WVU created a "chair of law and equity" establishing the College of Law

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Nov 30, 1887

The first issue of the Athenaeum was published at WVU

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1889

WVU admitted the first women

1891

WVU Mountaineers played first football game against University of Pittsburgh

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1893

Chitwood Hall was completed at WVU

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1895

The Montgomery Preparatory School (West Virginia University Institute of Technology) was founded

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1896

Agnes Westbrook Morrison was admitted to the bar

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1897

Women were permitted to enter all departments and schools except the military

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1900

Wings were added to Woodburn Hall at WVU

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1904

Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke was elected to be in the first group of Rhodes Scholars

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1911

Wings were added to Woodburn Hall at WVU

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1912

The College of Physicians and Surgeons became an independent program at WVU

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1918

Oglebay Hall was completed for the College of Agriculture at WVU

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1921

The Engineering Experimental State was established at WVU

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1933

The Athenaeum became the Daily Athenaeum

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1938

WVU had 3,500 students and 150 faculty

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1941

WVU granted a degree to its first known African-American student, Kenneth Jones

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1945

Victorine Louistall became the first African-America female to earn a graduate degree from WVU

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1946

There were 6,000 students enrolled in WVU

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1948

WVU enrollment at 8,069

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1959

The Mountaineers went to the national basketball championships

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1962

Dr. Herbert Warden performed the first open-heart surgery in West Virginia

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1966

Victorine Louistall returned to WVU to teach library science

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1971

The Coliseum basketball arena was completed at WVU

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Sep 06, 1980

WVU's Mountaineer Field opened in Morgantown

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1984

WVU Hospitals became a separate nonprofit corporation, affiliated with West Virginia University

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1986

WVU Mountaineer Field football stadium expanded to 63,175 seats

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1989

Ruby Memorial Hospital was designated the state's first level one trauma center

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1996

David C. Hardesty Jr. became president of WVU

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1999

Jay Rockefeller provided funding for the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute

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2007

David C. Hardesty, Jr., stepped down after 12 years as president of WVU

Oct, 2007

Michael Garrison became president of WVU

Sep 01, 2008

Michael Garrison resigned as president

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Jun 30, 2009

James P. Clements became WVU's 23rd president

Nov 29, 2010

WVU dedicated the WVU-NASA Robotics Center

Dec 31, 2013

James Clements left WVU to become president of Clemson University

Mar 10, 2014

E. Gordon Gee was confirmed as 24th president of WVU


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