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  1. ROD GIL

  2. An Introduction to UNI’s Historyand Heritage Rob Green, Rod Library With info from Northern Iowa Today and the University Archives

  3. Why Cedar Falls, Iowa? • Town founded in 1845 • Soldiers’ Orphans’ homebuilt in 1866 • Larger facility built in 1869 ORPHANS

  4. Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home • 1876 - Vacant building voted by legislate to become Iowa’s dedicated “Normal School” • Would train teachers for public school service ORPHANS

  5. J.C. Gilchrist • First administrator of the Iowa Normal School, 1876-1886 • Well-respected as a strong and visionary leader • Lost position to Homer Seerley amidst great controversy GILCHRIST

  6. Gilchrist Era Notables • First day of classes: September 6, 1876 • 88 students • 4 faculty (Gilchrist, Burnham, Webster, Wright) • David Sands Wright – Taught on campus for 50 years GILCHRIST

  7. Homer Seerley • Second Administrator of the Iowa Normal School, 1886-1928 • 40 years as President left an indelible impact on the campus SEERLEY

  8. Seerley Era Notables • Many, many building & facility projects • Renamed Iowa State Teachers College (1909) • World War I and Spanish Flu outbreak (1917-1918) • The Campanile built (1926) • Victory over ISU football team! (1898)

  9. Orval Latham • Third President, 1928-1940 • Led the campus through the Great Depression • Special interest in campus beautification • Died in office due to complications from surgery LATHAM

  10. Latham Era Notables • The Commons (1932) • Prexy’s Pond (1933) • Mascot adopted – the “Purple Panthers” (1933) LATHAM

  11. Malcolm Price • Fourth President, 1940-1950 • Led the campus through World War II and postwar boom • Resigned presidency, remained Professor until retiring in 1963 PRICE

  12. Price Era Notables • 12K WAVES, 10K Yeoman, 2K Army Air Force members trained (1942) • GI Bill causes postwar boom (1946)

  13. James William Maucker • Fifth President, 1950-1970 • From 2700 to 9000 Students • Led institution through 1960’s MAUCKER

  14. Maucker Era Notables • First Grad Program Offered – M.A. in Education (1951) • Name changed to the State College of Iowa (1961) • University Library built (1964) • Name changed to University of Northern Iowa (1967) MAUCKER

  15. John Kamerick • Sixth President, 1970 – 1983 • Resigned presidency to remain a history professor KAMERICK

  16. Kamerick Era Notables • Education Center • Communication Arts Center • Strayer-Wood Theatre • UNI-Dome • Doctorate Accreditation (1978) KAMERICK

  17. Constantine Curris • Seventh President, 1983-1995 • Professor of Public Policy CURRIS

  18. Curris Era Notables • Business Building (1990) • Football team wins first of six consecutive championships (1990) CURRIS

  19. Robert Koob • Eighth President, 1995-2005 KOOB

  20. Koob Era Notables • Wellness & Recreation Center (1998) • Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (2000) • Business & Community Services Building (2005) • Fall Enrollment Record: 14,070 in 2001 KOOB

  21. Benjamin Allen • Ninth President, 2005-2013 • Contentious period ALLEN

  22. Allen Era Notables • McLeod Center built (2006) • Dalai Lama visit (2010) • UNI Basketball (2010) • Panther Village built (2011) • Closure of Price Lab School (2012) ALLEN

  23. William (Bill) Ruud • Tenth President, 2013 – 2016 RUUD

  24. Ruud Era Notables • Creation of new traditions & revival of old ones (homecoming parade, campaniling) • UNI basketball wins (2015) RUUD

  25. Mark Nook • Eleventh President, 2017 – Present NOOK

  26. Your Part! Take time to learn more (Exhibits, plaques) Take an Admissions campus tour Ace this quiz!