Historical Timeline

Sun setting over King Library

Corporate University 1996–2009

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  • James C. Garland assumes the presidency
  • Health Services Center constructed
  • Global Rhythms World Music Ensemble founded


  • Responding to the Miami Tribe, trustees change mascot from "Redskins" to "RedHawks"
  • Institute for Learning in Retirement established
  • No-car rule ends: Seniors allowed to purchase automobile permits; juniors 1998; sophomores 2004


  • Oxford water tower demolished
  • Campus-wide Institutional Diversity Plan released
  • Ditmer Field Parking Lot completed


  • Wally Szerbiak scores 43 points defeating Washington in NCAA Basketball Tournament
  • Responding to Title IX and President Garland's recommendation, Division I men's soccer, tennis, and wrestling are eliminated
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science created from former School of Applied Science


  • Responding to Oxford NAACP, President Garland creates Freedom Summer Memorial on Western Campus
  • Michael J. Colligan History Project created at Hamilton campus
  • Women's Studies becomes a major
  • Provost Ronald Crutcher creates First in 2009 Coordinating Council


  • Integrated Strategic Plan for the Arts at Miami presented to board of trustees
  • Campus Master Plan for 2009 initiated, projecting $500 million of construction
  • Verlin Pulley Bell Tower constructed
  • MacMillan Hall renovated to create Center for American and World Cultures; opened 2003


  • Child Development Center constructed on Western Campus


  • PhD Program in Gerontological Studies established
  • Vice President for Information Technology position created
  • Division I night football first televised on ESPN from Yager Stadium
  • Ben Roethlisberger quarterbacks Miami to MAC championship and GMAC Bowl win


  • President Garland releases strategic vision statement, First in 2009: The Spirit of a Remarkable University
  • Women's precision skating team wins national championship


  • For Love and Honor capital campaign announced, with $300 million goal
  • Richard T. Farmer designates Miami's largest gift to Farmer School of Business
  • Heritage Commons Apartments for students (six buildings) constructed


  • Information Technology Strategic Plan creates an entirely wireless campus
  • Campus Avenue Garage constructed
  • Goggin Ice Arena (1975) demolished, larger Goggin Ice Center constructed near Recreational Sports Center
  • Psychology Building constructed, to begin a new academic quad north of High Street
  • Trustees terminate the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (Western College Program)
  • David C. Hodge assumes the presidency
  • For Love and Honor campaign goal increased to $500 million to fund professorships and a Bicentennial Student Center


  • Women's Softball Stadium constructed
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science facilities constructed in new academic quad


  • North Parking Garage completed


  • Farmer School of Business facilities completion target
  • Voice of America Learning Center for workforce transition completion target, near Interstate 75