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Fairmont State University


1865

Fairmont State University was formed as West Virginia's first private normal school

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Aug 15, 1867

Cornerstone for the school's first building was laid

1868

The state purchased the institution now known as Fairmont State University

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1869

First students occupy first building at Fairmont State Normal School (now Fairmont State University)

1871

Hyre D. Clark of Buckhannon was the first graduate of Fairmont State

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Dec 23, 1878

James G. Blair died while in office of principal

1880

Fairmont State had more students than any normal school

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1882

M. Lizzie Dickey, one of the first women to hold a high post in education, left as acting principal at what is now known as Fairmont State University

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1912

Fairmont State began adopting college curriculum

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1917

Fairmont State College moved to larger area southwest of town

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1922

Morrow Hall began occupancy at Fairmont State

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1923

Fairmont State was authorized for four-year program but must confine to training teachers

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1925

Alpha Psi Omega, an international collegiate honor society for drama students, was founded at Fairmont State College (now Fairmont State University)

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1931

The school changed its name to Fairmont State Teachers College, now Fairmont State University

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1943

Fairmont State Teachers College became Fairmont State College

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1944

Only nine males registered for full-time study at Fairmont State College

1945

George W. Hand became the president of Fairmont State College

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1952

Fairmont State College president George W. Hand lost his position by refusing to fire Luella Raab Mundell

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1954

Fairmont State College opened the campus to black students for the first time

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1964

North Hall was completed at Fairmont State College

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1967

Fine arts building and dining hall were finished at Fairmont State College (now University)

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1974

Fairmont State Community and Technical College was established

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2004

Fairmont State College became Fairmont State University

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Jan 01, 2018

Dr. Mirta Martin became president of Fairmont State University


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