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  • 1867

    Oregon Legislature grants charter to Albany Collegiate Institute on February 2.

    The institute, founded by a group of Presbyterian pioneers, is located in Willamette Valley town of Albany, 60 miles south of Portland.

    William Monteith serves as first president with 40 students enrolled.

  • 1873

    Four women students—our first alumnae—graduate.

  • 1884

    Richard Hopwood Thornton begins teaching the first law students at Northwestern College of Law in Portland, then the state’s law school.

  • 1886

    Northwestern College of Law graduates its first two students to begin practicing law.

  • 1891

    Albany students select orange and black as school colors to honor President Elbert Condit’s alma mater, Princeton.

  • 1892

    Albany adopts its first school song, “The Orange and the Black.”

  • 1902

    Albany publishes its first yearbook.

  • 1905

    Albany Collegiate Institute officially becomes Albany College.

  • 1934

    Albany College opens a lower-division extension campus in Portland.

  • 1938

    Albany campus closes with June graduation. The remaining students and faculty move to the Portland campus.

  • 1942

    Trustees name Morgan Odell president and purchase Fir Acres Estate from the Lloyd Frank family for $46,000.

    Trustees vote to change the institution’s name to Lewis & Clark College.

    Classes start with 135 students and eight faculty members.

    The student newspaper, The Pioneer Log, begins publication.

  • 1945

    Lewis & Clark establishes its first graduate program, offering a master’s degree in secondary education.

  • 1946

    Enrollment increases as veterans return from World War II.

    Lewis & Clark College begins importing portable military buildings to serve as classrooms, offices, a theatre, and dining commons.

    Students adopt the name “Pioneers.”

  • 1947

    Lewis & Clark is the first independent college to be approved for elementary teacher certification at the graduate level.

  • 1949

    Lewis & Clark’s graduate program awards its first degrees.

  • 1951

    The graduate program is expanded with the addition of Master of Music Education degrees.

  • 1960

    John R. Howard becomes Lewis & Clark’s 20th president.

  • 1962

    The powerful Columbus Day storm rocks the Pacific Northwest. Lewis & Clark’s biology building is destroyed and the campus suffers other damage as trees are downed by the storm.

    Lewis & Clark begins an overseas and off-campus program, which sends students abroad, immerses them in foreign cultures, and introduces them to contemporary world issues.

  • 1965

    Northwestern College of Law merges with Lewis & Clark College.

  • 1970

    New law school buildings open on a 20-acre site just west of the Fir Acres campus.

  • 1978

    Pioneer Athletic Hall of Fame inducts 10 charter members.

  • 1981

    James A. Gardner becomes Lewis & Clark’s 21st president.

    The college issues the first Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree; by 1983, master of science degrees were also offered.

  • 1982

    The College of Arts and Sciences adopts new student governance model, which includes the Student Academic Affairs Board. SAAB’s responsibilities include helping formulate student policy on academic issues and granting funds for student-motivated research.

  • 1984

    Lewis & Clark consolidates postgraduate programs in education, counseling psychology, and public administration into the Graduate School of Professional Studies.

  • 1986

    The Northwest Writing Institute is founded as a college-wide initiative at Lewis & Clark to bring focus to academic activities related to writing.

  • 1989

    Michael Mooney becomes Lewis & Clark’s 22nd president.

  • 1993

    Trustees approve awarding a single degree, the bachelor of arts degree, to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences.

    Trustees approve a new Lewis & Clark seal incorporating a new motto: Explorare, Discere, Sociare (to explore, to learn, to work together).

  • 1996

    Paul L. Boley Law Library is designated the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Depository Library (PTDL) for Oregon. It is the first and only law school library to carry this important designation.

  • 1997

    Laura Provinzino ’98 from St. Cloud, Minnesota, is named Lewis & Clark’s first Rhodes Scholar.

    Lewis & Clark dedicates new Fred W. Fields Center for the Visual Arts and James F. Miller Center for the Humanities.

  • 2000

    Lewis & Clark purchases from the Sisters of Saint Francis an 18-acre site immediately south of Fir Acres campus.

  • 2001

    Renamed, the Graduate School of Education moves into its new home on south campus, completely renovated thanks to a $4.5 million gift from the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation.

    Sue D. Cooley donates her family home to Lewis & Clark for use as the presidential residence.

  • 2002

    Lewis & Clark is one of only four colleges in the nation to receive a 2002 Truman Foundation Honor Institution Award, recognizing the institution’s commitment to encouraging outstanding young people to pursue careers in public service.

    The law school dedicates Louise and Erskine Wood Sr. Hall, part of the $15 million renovation of the Paul L. Boley Law Library complex. The project is built according to U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Silver standards.

    Lewis & Clark dedicates three new apartment-style residence halls (Roberts Hall, East Hall, and West Hall) for upperclass students.

    Lewis & Clark renames its gallery the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art.

    Nicole Aas-Rouxparis, professor of French, is named 2002 Oregon Professor of the Year by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

  • 2003

    The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Lewis & Clark’s traveling exhibition, opens at Jefferson Library, near Monticello, Virginia, before touring the nation.

    Lewis & Clark publishes The Literature of the Lewis and Clark Expedition: A Bibliography and Essays, which documents 200 years of every printed publication related to the expedition.

    President Michael Mooney concludes his term in office.

    Paul E. Bragdon, former Reed College president, is named interim president and serves until summer 2004.

    Undergraduate parliamentary debate team is ranked top in the nation by the National Parliamentary Debate Association.

    Lights installed at Griswold Stadium allow for expanded use of the field and pave the way for the return of women’s varsity soccer.

  • 2004

    College of Arts and Sciences adds two new programs: a minor in Classical studies and a theatre minor with dance emphasis.

    Oregon Repertory Singers, the Portland-based and internationally renowned choral group, is named the first choir in residence at Lewis & Clark.

    Graduate School of Education establishes a program leading to a doctorate in educational leadership.

    The Law School establishes The Kitzhaber Center, a natural resources policy institute, named in honor of and headed by John Kitzhaber, Oregon’s former governor.

    Thomas J. Hochstettler becomes Lewis & Clark’s 23rd president.

    Opening Convocation welcomes largest incoming undergraduate class since 1988.

    Three Olympic athletes at the Athens games have ties to Lewis & Clark: Hilary Gehman, former club crew coach, and Stacey Borgman, law student, rowed for the United States. Neil Weare ’02 represented Guam in the 1500-meter race.

  • 2005

    Lewis & Clark is named one of the nation’s best colleges for fostering social responsibility and public service. The College is one of 81 institutions in 33 states to earn the designation from the Princeton Review and Campus Compact.

    Roberts Residence Hall earns a LEED v2 Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Lewis & Clark uses LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, as a guide to pursue the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly and sustainable building strategies.

    On Earth Day, Lewis & Clark puts its “green” face forward with the dedication of John R. Howard Hall, the newest environmentally sustainable academic building on the Fir Acres campus.
    The College takes another step in environmental leadership by becoming the first Oregon higher education institution to sign the international Talloires Declaration of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future.

    Paul L. Boley Law Library celebrates the acquisition of its 500,000th volume.

    Graduate school enhances its name to reflect all key programs of study: the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.

    Graduate school joins an elite group of national schools of education by earning accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, known as NCATE. Accreditation by the council ensures that teacher candidates know their subject and know how to teach it effectively. The school’s teacher certification program with the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is renewed through 2010.

  • 2006

    John R. Howard Hall earns LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Lewis & Clark uses LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as a guide to pursue the most cost-effective, environmentally friendly and sustainable building strategies. Howard Hall joins approximately 40 other comparably rated buildings across the country. Seven buildings have achieved the higher platinum rating.

    Lewis & Clark is in the top 25 list for the number of Peace Corps volunteers from small schools. The College, ranked number 20, has 17 alumni currently serving as volunteers. Nearly 300 Lewis & Clark alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding.

    More than 100 public radio stations across the country broadcast the College’s 13-part series “Unfinished Journey: The Lewis and Clark Expedition.” Coproduced with Oregon Public Broadcasting, the well-received series is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The production chronicles the epic journey of discovery across an uncharted land and the journey’s enduring and controversial legacy.

    An institution-wide Planning Task Force garnered broad community consensus on long-term institutional priorities intended to serve as a touchstone for shaping concrete initiatives and actions in the years ahead. Among the findings, the Task Force identified five core institutional values: intellectual rigor in a supportive environment; Northwest heritage, expansive horizons; a passion for global engagement; community engagement; and wisdom and leadership.

    College of Arts and Sciences adds new ethnic studies minor program, and implements Exploration and Discovery as the new core course.

    Lydia Loren, law professor, is named interim dean of the law school. She is the first woman to lead the law school. She succeeds James L. Huffman, Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law, who stepped down after serving for 13 years as dean to return to teaching and scholarly research.

  • 2007

    Lewis & Clark joins roughly 100 American colleges and universities in taking the lead against global warming by committing to carbon neutrality in its campus operations.

    Lewis & Clark College receives a record 5,300 applications for admission to the 2007-08 school year, a 14 percent increase from the 2006 total and a 28 percent jump from 2005.

    Lewis & Clark’s Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since 1982, the organization has distributed over 850 grants to undergraduate students, totaling over $900,000.

    Lewis & Clark Law School selects Robert H. “Bob” Klonoff as its new dean. Klonoff, a leading legal scholar and expert on class action and appellate litigation, joins Lewis & Clark from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law.

    Lewis & Clark Law School opens the Small Business Legal Clinic, providing legal advice to local small businesses and entrepreneurs for a nominal fee. The clinic is staffed by faculty, students, and Portland lawyers and is funded through public-private partnerships.

  • 2008

    Eban Goodstein, professor of economics, coordinates Focus the Nation, the country’s largest teach-in in history. On January 31, Focus the Nation inspires nearly 1 million people to gather at more than 1,900 schools, businesses, faith and civic organizations across the country to discuss global warming solutions and the challenge of climate stabilization.

    Recognition of Lewis & Clark’s achievements in the sciences grows rapidly, with a surge in grants and student awards. The prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) awards Lewis & Clark $1.3 million to enhance an interdisciplinary approach among the sciences and expand the pipeline of students heading into the field. Three Lewis & Clark students are awarded Barry M. Goldwater scholarships, considered the preeminent U.S. award for undergraduates preparing for careers in the sciences.

    Lewis & Clark’s newest study abroad program, in Vietnam, focuses not on war, but on the country, people, and culture of one of the most politically and economically dynamic countries in Asia. Students spend time in Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, and North Vietnam, learning about Vietnam from people who work and live there.

    The family of Poet Laureate William Stafford donates his papers to Lewis & Clark College, to be cared for by Special Collections at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library. Stafford was a professor at Lewis & Clark for more than thirty years and Oregon’s poet laureate from 1975 to 1990. Forty years of daily journals and papers comprise the William Stafford Archive, as well as recorded poetry readings, fine press broadsides, and 15,000 photographs.

    Scott Fletcher, previously chair of the Department of Education at the University of New Hampshire, is named dean of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. A noted teacher and scholar, he has won accolades for his research in the philosophy of education and the role of schools in a democratic society.

    Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, associate professor of psychology, is named Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

  • 2009

    Thomas J. Hochstettler announces his decision to resign as Lewis & Clark president in June 2010. He steps down earlier when he is offered and accepts appointment, effective in August, as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Board of Trustees Chair Ronald Ragen forms a presidential search committee chaired by Trustee Jay Waldron.

    The Board of Trustees unanimously selects Lewis & Clark Provost Jane Atkinson to serve as interim president. She is the first woman to serve as president of Lewis & Clark.

    Over a one-year period the College of Arts and Sciences wins $1.25 million in ongoing support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grants enhance funding for faculty-student research collaborations and other curricular and scholarly initiatives in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

    Katie Walter ’09, one of four Lewis & Clark seniors to win Fulbright scholarships for overseas study, also wins a $10,000 grant from philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis’s 100 Projects for Peace initiative. Both awards will support Walter’s work addressing issues of poverty and gender equality in a small community in India. The 100 Projects for Peace grants were established three years ago. This is the third year in a row that Lewis & Clark students have competed with undergraduates from American colleges and universities and been awarded one of the distinguished prizes.

    The law school inaugurates the Justice Anthony Kennedy lecture series with a talk by Kathleen Sullivan, the former dean of Stanford Law School, a partner at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel, one of the country’s leading Supreme Court scholars, and a well-respected advocate before the Court. During a 2008 visit to the law school with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Kennedy approved an annual lecture series in his name to promote discussion of cutting-edge issues affecting the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution.

  • 2010

    The Board of Trustees unanimously selects Barry Glassner as Lewis & Clark’s 24th president.