Two centuries of change
TRAVEL BACK 186 YEARS TO EXPERIENCE THE TRANSFORMATION OF XAVIER, MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GIFTS OF MANY INDIVIDUALS, INTO THE MODERN CAMPUS OF TODAY—AND GET A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE.
1831 -1914 | OHIO’S FIRST CATHOLIC COLLEGE
- On Oct. 17, 1831, Bishop Edward Fenwick founded the Athenaeum, the first Catholic institution of higher learning in Ohio.
- In 1840, the Jesuits took over and renamed it St. Xavier College after St. Francis Xavier.
- From 1897-1915, the St. Xavier Scholarship Fund raised $300,000.
- On Sept. 19, 1911, the college purchased 27 acres from the Avondale Athletic Club for $85,999 for a new suburban campus.
1915 – 1944 | THE AVONDALE CAMPUS
- From 1915-1920, the Diamond Jubilee Campaign raised $150,000 to build Alumni Science Hall, and Mary Hinkle donated the first large gift of $100,00 for construction of Hinkle Hall.
- In the 1920’s, the original six Tudor Gothic style buildings were erected on the main campus: Alumni Science Hall, Hinkle Hall, Elet Hall, Schmidt Hall, Schmidt Fieldhouse and Albers Hall.
- In 1924, St. Xavier College welcomed the first boarders to the new campus with 90 residents in Elet Hall.
- In 1925, Francis J. Finn, S.J., selected the name “Musketeers” and the “All for One and One for All” motto to symbolize the spirit of the athletic teams.
- On Aug. 4, 1930, St. Xavier College became Xavier University.
1945-1977 | BUILDING BOOM
- From 1945-1976, Xavier launched three separate campaigns—Xavier Steps Into the Future, Long Range Development Program and the Advancement Fund—that raised a total of $16.2 million.
- From 1945-1972, 11 new buildings were erected on campus, including three new residence halls: Brockman in 1955, Husman in 1965, and Kuhlman in 1967, and Alter Hall, the iconic main classroom building, in 1965.
- On Nov. 2, 1968, the statue of D’Artagnan was installed on the Musketeer Plaza as a gift from the Class of 1962.
- In September 1969, women were formally admitted as regular day students.
1978 – 1995 | ACADEMIC GROWTH
- On July 1, 1980, Xavier acquired Edgecliff College and its established programs in art, music, nursing and social work.
- From 1978-1982, the Sesquicentennial Fund raised $8.4 million for the new College of Business and the endowment.
- From 1986-1992, the Cornerstone Campaign raised $31.5 million to support University growth, including the new Lindner Family Physics Building.
- In 1995, Xavier joined the A-10 Conference.
1996 – 2016 | A 21ST CENTURY CAMPUS
- From 1996-2001, President James E. Hoff, S.J., led the Century Campaign, which raised $125 million, and construction of the Cintas Center, the Gallagher Student Center, and the residential and academic malls.
- From 2006-2010, President Michael J. Graham, S.J., led the To See Great Wonders campaign, raising $201 million for construction of the Conaton Learning Commons and Smith Hall within the Hoff Academic Quad.
- In 2011, Bishop Fenwick Place residence hall was erected to accommodate the rapid growth in enrollment.
- In 2013, Xavier Athletics joined the prestigious Big East Conference.
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