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A History of Stevenson University

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1947
Seven Oaks
Villa Julie College is founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at "Seven Oaks," an 80-acre estate in Greenspring Valley, formerly the home of the George Carrell Jenkins family. The College opens its doors on October 1, specializing in medical-secretarial training.
1954
Kitty Lynch, Elaine Lucas, and Mary Ellen Jones work on an accounting issue, 1959.
Official approval as a two-year college is granted by the Maryland State Department of Education.
1965
A sewing class, 1965
The College receives Maryland state approval for a child development program and for transfer programs in the arts and sciences as well as teacher education. Shortly thereafter, the College is granted an "A" rating for transferability of credits by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
1967
Villa Julie becomes an independent institution, separating from the Catholic Church. Control is vested in a newly formed Board of Trustees comprised of business, civic, and professional leaders.
1971
A student stands next to the Villa Julie College sign
In response to increasing enrollment, the College builds a multi-million dollar complex consisting of an art wing, learning resource center, and student center. Evening and summer sessions are inaugurated this same year.
1972
Villa Julie becomes co-education
Villa Julie becomes co-educational, admitting its first full-time male student.
1984
A Paralegal Studies student at the computer in the 1980s
Villa Julie becomes a four-year college, offering a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. Later, a degree in Paralegal Studies is added. The College continues to offer a two-year program leading to associate's degrees for all available majors.
1985
A student in the 1980s focuses on science
A solid grounding in science was a prerequisite for many of the careers sought by Villa Julie Students in the late 1980s.
1986
Villa Julie graduates, 1986
The concept of career education combined with the liberal arts becomes a hallmark of Villa Julie's philosophy, Pro Discendo, Pro Vivendo: for learning, for living.
1990
Students and faculty use some of the first networked computers at Village Julie
The College designs and installs a sophisticated computer network, enabling students and faculty to access software and library resources from any building on campus.
1993
Cuvilly Hall becomes the Student-Faculty Exchange
Containing an upscale cafe, a spacious reading room, and faculty offices, the new Student-Faculty Exchange provides an area for students and faculty to meet on an informal basis. Off-campus apartments are opened a short distance from the College this year.
1994
Early Lacrosse photo
Villa Julie's athletic programs are accepted into NCAA Division III. The College's lacrosse team quickly reached high levels of competitiveness, becoming a respected NCAA Division III contender.
1995
Art Gallery in 1995
Construction of the current Dawson Center, Inscape Theatre, Manuszak Center, Greenspring gymnasium, and science center begin as the first phase of the College's master plan for the campus.
1997
Dawson Center
The Dawson Center and Inscape Theatre open in August and the Manuszak Center and gymnasium open in November.
1998
1998 Science Center Opening
A new Science Center opens with top-notch research facilities and equipment.
2000
Kevin Manning, Ph.D., fourth President of Villa Julie College
Kevin Manning, Ph.D., brought new energy to Villa Julie's educational mission in 2000 when he began his tenure as the College's fourth President.
2004
Baltimore County Executive James Smith Maryland Secretary of Budget and Management, James C.
Villa Julie opens its first College-owned housing complex in Owings Mills. The garden apartments and community center surround a quad perfect for campus activities.
2005
Residence buildings at Villa Julie College
On the Owings Mills property, Villa Julie opens the first of three planned suite-style residence buildings that accommodate between three and four students in a mixture of single and double bedrooms. The College names the residence buildings and community center after historical sites in Baltimore County, such as the Avalon Inn, and various valleys, including Cromwell Valley and Worthington Valley.
2006
Students dining in Rockland Center
The College opens Rockland Center (a dining and student center) and the Caves Sports and Wellness Center on the Owings Mills Campus in the fall. Renovations to the Exchange create new space for the music program. The expanded Nursing Skills Lab offers a new home for SimMan, a life-like manikin designed to develop the clinical skills of nursing students.
2007
Students celebrate the first Founder's Day, 2007
Villa Julie marks its 60th anniversary with the first Founder's Day Celebration on Oct. 1. The first complete history of the College, A Vision and a Promise: Villa Julie College, is published. Construction begins on the School of Business.
2008
Villa Julie College becomes Stevenson University
On June 11, the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of Villa Julie College to Stevenson University. The opening of the School of Business and Leadership marks a solid dedication to business, leadership, and entrepreneurial programs at Stevenson University.
2009
Villa Julie College of Arts and Sciences at Stevenson University
On March 24, President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. approves the University Restructuring Plan, which supports the creation of three new schools within the Villa Julie College Arts and Sciences.
2010
The Owings Mills gymnasium
In the fall, the new Owings Mills gymnasium opens, encompassing approximately 60,000 square feet, featuring seating for 1,400, and offering premier athletic and fan amenities.
2011
Stadium at Owings Mills
The University unveils a new 3,500 seat stadium on its Owings Mills Campus. Designed to rival any facility found in Division III athletics, the stadium accommodates football, lacrosse, and soccer on two synthetic turf fields and provides a host of features for athletes, patrons, the press, and fans. Stevenson's first football team and marching band debut in the fall, and the first women's ice hockey coach is hired.
2013
School of Design building
Stevenson's new School of Design opens on the Owings Mills Campus.
2014
Victory Statue at Mustang Stadium
Victory statue makes its debut outside of Mustang Stadium on the Owings Mills Campus. The statue will represent the strength and unity of the entire Stevenson community and the spirit that drives everything from its growth to its championship athletic teams.
2015
2015: Dedication of the Guarnieri Sculpture Garden
Stevenson announces the addition of an 11-piece sculpture garden situated within the Knott Hall courtyard.
2016
Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
The Kevin J. Manning Academic Center Opens at Owings Mills. Stevenson's state-of-the-art, 200,000-square-foot Kevin J. Manning Academic Center opens on August 30, providing resources for the Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences, the Sandra R. Berman School of Nursing and Health Professions, and additional space for the School of Design.
2016
Claire Moore, Interim President
Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., retired on November 29, 2016 after 16 years as President of Stevenson University. Manning was inaugurated as the fourth president of Villa Julie College in October 2000 and played an integral role in many of the University’s groundbreaking accomplishments. Villa Julie College alumna Claire E. Moore, who has served as Vice President of Student Affairs, begins serving as Interim President of Stevenson University.
2017
Elliot Hirschman
The Stevenson University Board of Trustees announces that Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., will be the University’s sixth president, effective July 1, 2017.

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