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A History of Stevenson University
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.
Official approval as a two-year college is granted by the Maryland State Department of Education.
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.
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.
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.
Villa Julie becomes co-educational, admitting its first full-time male student.
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.
A solid grounding in science was a prerequisite for many of the careers sought by Villa Julie Students in the late 1980s.
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.
The College designs and installs a sophisticated computer network, enabling students and faculty to access software and library resources from any building on campus.
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.
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.
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.
The Dawson Center and Inscape Theatre open in August and the Manuszak Center and gymnasium open in November.
A new Science Center opens with top-notch research facilities and equipment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stevenson's new School of Design opens on the Owings Mills Campus.
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.
Stevenson announces the addition of an 11-piece sculpture garden situated within the Knott Hall courtyard.
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.
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.