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UTSA Time Line


June 1969
Texas Legislature established University of Texas campus in San Antonio. Gov. Preston Smith signs act into law on back of Rep. Frank Lombardino, one of bill's sponsors.


May 1970
UT System Board of Regents accepts 600 acres of land donated for UTSA near Interstate 10 and Loop 1604.
July 1970
UT System Board of Regents names Arleigh B. Templeton first UTSA president.
June 1971
O'Neil Ford designs campus with central plaza and courtyard, reminiscent of Italian village.
Dewey D. Davis, professor in Division of Education, first faculty member appointed.
May 1972
Construction of UTSA at I-10 and 1604 begins. Largest new university under construction in United States. Seven buildings comprise 800,000 square feet and cost $41 million.
June 1972
Fifty faculty hired.
January 1973
Peter T. Flawn appointed president. Arleigh B. Templeton named president of UT El Paso.
September 1973
Graduate enrollment: 1,113.
December 1973
John Peace, San Antonio attorney and former chair of UT System Board of Regents, donates collection of early Texas and Mexico history books and documents to UTSA Library.
August 1974
First commencement. Degrees awarded to 82 students.
September 1975
Classes begin at UTSA Main Campus for students enrolled in five colleges: Business, Fine and Applied Arts, Sciences and Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Multidisciplinary Studies. Enrollment: 4,433 (2,247 undergraduates)
May 1976
John Peace Library Building opens as library and administration building.
January 1978
James W. Wagener appointed president after Peter T. Flawn resigns to return to teaching and research at UT Austin.
July 1978
Alumni Association formed with 3,065 alumni.
August 1979
Enrollment: 9,400.


February 1980
UTSA announces plans to join NCAA Division 1.
April 1980
UTSA Center for Economic Development opens at HemisFair Park.
January 1981
Student newspaper, Paisano, established as only independent student publication in state.
May 1983
UTSA celebrate 10 years of enrolling students.
February 1986
Institute of Texan Cultures becomes part of UTSA.
January 1988
Tomás Rivera Office of Student Information and Retention opens.
July 1988
Phase I of Engineering/Biotechnology Building approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
September 1989
Hispanic Research Center opens.


January 1990
Samuel A. Kirkpatrick becomes fourth president of UTSA.
April 1991
Dedication of Engineering/Biotechnology Building.
May 1991
Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $650,000 grant to train minorities and women in sciences.
August 1991
UTSA becomes first university in Texas to receive $144,000 U.S. Department of Education grant to internationalize College of Business.
September 1991
UTSA Downtown opens in Institute of Texan Cultures. Enrollment: 15,759. Men's and women's athletics join Southland Conference.
November 1991
Women's cross-country team wins first Southland Conference Championship. Conference titles also in women's indoor and outdoor track and field and men's basketball.
January 1992
First doctoral program, Ph.D. in biology with specialty in neurobiology, approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
February 1992
UTSA plays first season of men's baseball and women's softball, bringing number of sports to 14, seven for men and seven for women.
July 1992
Master of Science degree in Management of Technology approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, first of its kind in Texas
August 1992
Phase I of University Oaks Apartments opens, providing on-campus housing for 450 students.
September 1992
Center for Professional Excellence started.
January 1993
Center for Archeological Research exhumes Ben Milam from grave in downtown's Milam Park.
March 1993
Demolition of Fiesta Plaza begins, making room for UTSA Downtown Campus.
July 1993
Leslie Dodson, former UTSA student-athlete, wins gold medal at 1993 U.S. Olympic Festival in volleyball.
August 1993
UT System Board of Regents approves capital improvement plan for first-year funding to develop $17 million Engineering/Biotechnology Building (Phase II).
October 1993
UT system formally accepts Durango Street site from Bill Miller Bar-B-Q enterprises. Enrollment tops 17,000 students.
April 1994
Bachelor's degrees in communication and Mexican-American studies approved by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. U.S. Department of Education awards grant to establish Women and Minority Undergraduate Research Program.
September 1994
UTSA celebrates 25th anniversary through a series of special events. First academic convocation is held featuring acclaimed Mexican author and statesman Carlos Fuentes.
December 1994
Groundbreaking for the Business Building. The 205,000-square-feet building will house the College of Business, a new campus visitor center and a computer lab.
February 1995
Groundbreaking ceremonies for University Center expansion. The 97,500-square-foot building cost $13.2 million to build.
July 1995
Master's degree in architecture receives final approval.
August 1995
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new UTSA Downtown Campus. The new 11-acre campus is bounded by I-35 South, Durango Boulevard, and Frio and Buena Vista streets.
February 1996
Groundbreaking ceremonies held for the 63,000-square-foot, $17 million Biosciences Building.
May 1996
First two doctoral degrees are awarded at UTSA. Recipients were James Colston and Karla Kopec, who received doctoral degrees in biology with a concentration in neurobiology.
September 1996
Dedication of the University Center expansion. The 98,500-square-foot expansion will triple the size of the existing facility.
January 1997
Groundbreaking for UTSA Downtown Campus-Phase II, the Buena Vista Street Building.
February 1997
Dedication of the Business Building. Designed by the architectural firm of Ford Powell & Carson.
September 1997
Dedication of the Frio Street Building at the Downtown Campus.
April 1998
Dedication of the Biosciences Building. 63,000-square foot facility dedicated to neuroscience research.
September 1998
The Biosciences Building rotunda is named in honor of Dr. Burton E. Grossman.
December 1998
UTSA's College of Business receives a $1 million gift from Hong Kong businessman Richard Liu. It is the largest single donation from an individual in UTSA's history.
January 1999
UTSA dedicates the second Downtown Campus Building, the Buena Vista Street Building.
May 1999
Ricardo Romo named UTSA's fifth president and the first Hispanic president in the university's 30-year history.
September 1999
Groundbreaking ceremony for Phase III of the Downtown Campus.


February 2000
UTSA receives $83.8 million from the Permanent University Fund for two new buildings, a thermal energy plant and technology upgrades.
January 2003
UTSA dedicates new $20 milion Recreation and Wellness Center, and new Childcare Development Center .
May 2003
UTSA Main Campus marks construction on a new $83.7 million Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building. The 227,000 square-foot facility is scheduled to be complete Spring 2005.
July 2004
UTSA celebrates it's 35th Anniversary with the announcement of the Roadmap to Excellence, designed to elevate UTSA into one of the nation's premier research universities over the next decade. The far-reaching plan will add research faculty from top-tier institutions and dramatically increase the number of doctoral programs and research centers. The university also hosted an Open House for the new $52 million Main Building which houses classrooms, lecture halls, specialized teaching labs and academic support space.
August 2004
UTSA opens new 1,000 bed Chaparral Village housing complex.
September 2004
Fall enrollment more than 26,000 makes UTSA the second largest institution among the 15 components in The University of Texas System.
August 2005
UTSA opens first Parking Garage occupying 630 vehicles on Main Campus.
September 2005
UTSA enrollment increases to 27,291 students.
November 2005
UTSA opens new $10.6 Margaret Batts Tobin Laboratory on West Campus.  The 22,000 square-foot facility accommodates faculty and graduate students researching emerging infectious diseases. The Tobin Laboratory includes UTSA's second biosafety level three laboratory requiring certification by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government security clearances for researchers.
February 2006
UTSA opens $83.7 million Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building.   The 226,000 square foot, five-story atrium building is one of the most sophisticated facilities in Texas.
September 2006
UTSA enrollment increases to 28,379 students.
November 2006
UTSA purchases 125 acres of land on Hausman Road to build future Athletics Complex
September 2007
UTSA enrollment increases to 28,533
In spring 2007, UTSA opened Phase I of Laurel Village, a $40 million, 680-bed facility for UTSA students.
April 2008
New South Parking Garage opens on campus. UTSA also opens Phase II of Laurel Village, a $40 million, 680-bed facility for UTSA students.
Fall 2008, UTSA enrollment increases to 28,413
September 2009
UTSA enrollment increases to 28,955