November 1968: N.J. Legislature passes bond that includes $15 million for new state college in southern New Jersey.

June 1969: Richard E. Bjork named first president effective Sept. 1, 1969.

October 1969: Adoption of Richard Stockton State College as college name and selection of Galloway Township site.

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December 1970: Campus construction begins.

September 1971: College opens with 1,000 students, 97 staff and 60 full-time faculty at the Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City.

December 1971: Classes transfer to Galloway Campus over holiday break.

September 1972: First 128 students move into A-court campus housing.

October 1972: Construction begins on Phase III.

February 1973: Phase II (F-H Wings) opens.

June 1973: First class of 290 students graduates.

July 1975: Phase III opens.

October 1976: Performing Arts Center opens.

August 1978-May 1979: Woodworth G. Thrombley and James R. Judy serve as acting presidents.

May 1979: Peter M. Mitchell named second president.

November 1981: Housing II opens.

February 1983: Opening of N-Wing College Center.

May 1983: Vera King Farris appointed as the third president of Stockton College.

December 1986: Opening of Housing III makes Stockton the most residential of the state's public colleges.

June 1988: Dedication of the Governor's School on the Environment summer program for high school students.

November 1988: Opening of Lakeside Student Center.

December 1988: Ku Klux Klan sues to distribute fliers at the college. The Klan wins under specific conditions, but never shows up on campus.

October 1990: Opening of the Holocaust Resource Center.

August 1992: Geothermal energy system installed.

October 1995: New arts and sciences building, designed by Michael Graves, opens.

September 1999: Dedication of the West Quad academic building for health science programs, student health services and counseling center.

May 2000: New athletic center opens hosting a record 850 students at graduation, including first in new Master of Arts n Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

November 2001: Men's soccer team wins the NCAA Division III National Championship.

August 2002: Stockton partners with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to renovate the Carnegie Library in Atlantic City for use by the college.

September 2002: Stockton hosts 'The Lessons of 9-11' one of nation's first courses on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

January 2003: American Foundation for Greek Language and Culture endows $300,000 for Interdisciplinary Greek Studies Program.

June 2003: Farris retires. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. named fourth president.

October 2003: New Catholic Campus Ministry Center opens.

December 2003: Stockton signs lease for building on Route 50 in Mays Landing to house the Southern Regional Institute Educational Technology Training Center.

September 2004: A-Wing Auditorium renamed Elizabeth B. Alton Auditorium after Egg Harbor Township woman who fought to bring college to Atlantic County.

December 2004: Trustees approve master's in criminal justice, and first doctoral program, in physical therapy.

December 2004: Trustees approve purchase of former Verizon building on Jimmie Leeds Road for $3.25 million to house administrative, finance and accounting offices.

April 2006: Trustees approve Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management.

October 2006: New homeland security concentration developed in criminal justice master's degree program.

May 2007: Leo B. Schoffer and family donate $500,000 to Holocaust Resource Center which is renamed for his parents, Sam and Sara Schoffer, both Holocaust survivors. Azeez Family Foundation donates $250,000

May 2007: William J. Hughes Public Policy Center established.

January 2008: $29.8 million Housing V apartments open adding 256 beds in four buildings.

April 2008: Stockton breaks ground for Campus Center and Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage System.

July 2008: Trustees approve plan to create a nonprofit corporation Stockton Affiliated Services Inc.

February 2010: College enters agreement to sublease Noyes Museum.

April 2010: Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism established.

August 2010: Trustees approve purchase of Seaview - A Dolce Resort from LaSalle Hotels LLC for $20 million.

December 2010: Stockton approves agreement with Hammonton to locate branch campus in Front Street building expected to open in September 2012.

March 2011: College applies to host presidential debate in 2012.

May 1011: New $65 million Campus Center opens.

June 2011: An anonymous donor gives $1 million endowment for financial aid, the college's first million dollar donation.

June 2011: College reaches agreement with St. Michael's Church to run Dante Hall theater in Atlantic City through May 31, 2014.

July 2011: Ground broken for new Science building.

August 2011: Women's volleyball team selected as the top team in the 2011 New Jersey Athletic Conference's preseason coaches poll.

September 2011: Stockton celebrates 40th anniversary of teaching, kicks off first capital fund-raising campaign.


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