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memorial service for four students slain at Kent State
University during an anti-war demonstration is held
on the lawn between the Administration Building and
Jog Environmental Center in West Palm Beach becomes
affiliated with FAU’s College of Education.
FAU expands to Broward County with creation of the Commercial
Boulevard campus in northern Fort Lauderdale.
Boca Raton campus becomes a burrowing owl sanctuary.
The University Center, a hub of student life, opens.
Williams announces his intention to retire.
The Board of Regents names Dr. Glenwood Creech
the second president of Florida Atlantic University.
Formerly vice president for university relations at
the University of Kentucky, his special strength is
in the area of fund-raising.
semester enrollment is 5,632.
FAU's ocean engineering program is designated a Program
of Distinction by the State University System.
University Library is named to honor the memory of founding
administrator Dr. Stanley E. Wimberly.
Fleming Hall, housing the College of Business, is dedicated.
Its name honors the memory of FAU founding father Tom
Fleming, who died in 1976.
The Board of Regents approves a nursing education program
for FAU. The program begins the following year as a
division within the College of Social Science.
The State of Florida initiates a matching gift
program, which encourages the establishment of Eminent
Scholar Chairs at public universities by matching $600,000
donations from private donors with $400,000 in state
funds. FAU is quick to take advantage of this opportunity.
The Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar Chair in Community
Education is established through a gift from the Charles
Stewart Mott Foundation.
The Engineering Building opens.
2,400-seat FAU Auditorium opens at the University Center.
Lullis and Rolland Ritter Art Gallery opens.
President Creech retires, and Dr. Helen Popovich
is named FAU’s third president by the Board of
Regents. Formerly vice president for academic affairs
and acting president of Winona State University in Minnesota,
Dr. Popovich is the first woman to head a public university
semester enrollment is 9,388.
Eugene and Christine Lynn Eminent Scholar Chair in International
Business is established through a gift from Eugene and
Charles E. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering
is established through a gift from Charles and Dorothy
Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Performing
Arts is established through a gift from Charles and
theatre legend Joshua Logan is appointed the first Dorothy
F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing Arts. He
stages his last play, Huck and Jim on the Mississippi,
John DeGrove, a founding dean and director of the FAU-FIU
Center for Environmental and Urban Problems, is named
Florida’s first Secretary of Community Affairs
by Governor Bob Graham.
intercollegiate athletics program joins NCAA Division
In response to the need to offer a broader range of
services to South Florida’s rapidly growing population,
FAU opens its doors to freshmen and sophomores.
University’s 70,000-square-foot teaching gymnasium
FAU baseball team finishes the season at No. 8 in the
NCAA national rankings.
The Dr. Robert J. Morrow Eminent Scholar Chair in Social
Science is established through a gift from his widow,
Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar Chair in
Science is established through gifts from more than
50 donors who wish to honor his recently concluded service
as FAU's second president.
FAU's Downtown Fort Lauderdale campus opens on Las Olas
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee becomes
the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing
The Reubin O’D. Askew University Tower opens in
downtown Fort Lauderdale. The nine-story classroom and
office building greatly expands FAU’s service
to students in Broward County and is a key component
in the redevelopment of the downtown area.
S.E. Wimberly Library is expanded by more than 86,000
Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar Chair in Nursing is
established by Eugene and Christine Lynn.
Award-winning actor/director Hume Cronyn becomes the
Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing
President Popovich leaves FAU and becomes president
of Michigan’s Ferris State University.
John Thomas Ladue McGinty Eminent Scholar Chair in Marine
Biology is established through a gift from a bequest
from the estate of John Thomas Ladue McGinty.
The Board of Regents names Dr. Anthony James Catanese
the fourth president of FAU. He comes to FAU from the
University of Florida, where he was dean of the School
Florida Legislature designates FAU the lead state university
serving Broward County.
University reaches $10 million in sponsored research
semester enrollment is 13,148.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a public lecture
on the Boca Raton campus.
Tony Award-winning actress Zoe Caldwell becomes the
Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing
William F. Dietrich Eminent Scholar Chair in Philosophy
is established through a gift from William F. Dietrich.
College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs is
created and based in the Reubin O’D. Askew University
Tower in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
student team from FAU's Department of Ocean Engineering
wins the first International Human-Powered Submarine
Race, held off the coast of Riviera Beach, Florida.
Their winning sub is named the FAU Boat.
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