Public Ivy, 1970–1996

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1970 ~ David G. Brown (1970–82) appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs
1971 ~ Institute for Environmental Sciences, formed 1969, admits first students
1972 ~ King Library completed
1973 ~ Unbeaten Miami football team defeats University of Florida in Tangerine Bowl
McKie Field constructed for baseball
Old Manse (1852) acquired (campus ministry, later comparative religion)
1974 ~ Miami Mission Statement rewritten to emphasize national aspirations
Western College, Oxford’s last educational institution for women, closes, merges with Miami and campus acquired Langstroth Cottage (1856), Peabody Hall (1860/1871), Tenney Gateway (1890s), Alumnae Hall (1892), Patterson Place (1898), McKee Hall (1904), Sawyer Gymnasium (1914), Kelley Studio (1916), Clark Gate (c. 1916), Kumler Chapel (1918), Western Bridges (1920s), Ernst Nature Theatre (1922), Western Steam Plant (1924), Mary Lyon Hall (1925), Western Lodge (1926), Presser Hall (1931), Stancote House (1932), Corson House (1930s), Clawson Hall (1946), Boyd Hall (1947), Alexander Dining Hall (1962), Thompson Hall (1963), Hoyt Library (1971)
1975 ~ Goggin Ice Arena constructed for hockey and recreational sports
1977 ~ Multicultural Center opens in Bishop Hall
1978 ~ Women’s Studies first available as a certificate-transcript notation
Miami Art Museum constructed
1979 ~ Phillip R. Shriver teaches first course in history of Miami University
Bachelor Hall constructed (English, mathematics and statistics, speech and hearing clinic)
“Greening of the Future” Lilly Grant initiates Miami faculty development programs
1981 ~ Paul G. Pearson (1981–92) assumes the presidency
A new University Honors Program approved by University Senate with Honors Center in Bishop Hall
1982 ~ Summer reading program for all entering students inaugurated
Marcum Conference Center constructed on site of Fisher Hall, former Oxford Female College
1983 ~ Bob Kurz, Class of 1958, publishes Miami of Ohio: The Cradle of Coaches
Miami Field Gates relocated to newly constructed Yager Stadium
Walter and Marian Boyd Havighurst Hall constructed on Western Campus
1984 ~ 175th Anniversary Convocation, Millett Hall
1985 ~ Richard Moll’s The Public Ivys ranks Miami a “Best Buy” for quality
1985–1990 ~ University Liberal Education Review and Reform Project
April 6, 1987, “Liberal Education at Miami University: A Statement of Principles” adopted
February 27, 1989, “The Miami Plan for Liberal Education” adopted by University Senate
January 1, 1990, University Director of Liberal Education, Liberal Education Council named
1986 ~ Art Building, Biological Sciences Building (named Pearson Hall 1993) constructed
1987 ~ Rita Dove, Class of 1973, awarded Pulitzer Prize for poetry
1989 ~ Myrtis Powell, first African American vice president, named vice president, student affairs
1990 ~ Number of students living off campus in Oxford surpasses number living on campus
Miami Metro bus system established
1993 ~ Paul G. Risser (1993–95) assumes the presidency
1994 ~ Recreational Sports Center constructed
1995 ~ December, Risser resigns to become president, Oregon State University
Provost Anne H. Hopkins becomes first woman to assume acting presidency (1995–96)