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  • Collection: USF History Timeline

The university's athletics center is renamed in honor of Lee Roy Selmon, the first athletic director at USF, after he passes away.

The new Phyllis P. Marshall Student Center opens to the public. As the hub of student life on the USF Tampa campus, the center features an expanded dining center, food court, a 1,200 seat ballroom, meeting spaces and lounges.

Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel pledge $18 million to USF. With the state match, the gift is valued at $34.5 million, the largest gift in USF history. The gift will be used to construct the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions.

The Board of Trustees approves for USF to become a system.

USF is admitted into the Big East Conference.

Judy Genshaft takes office as the sixth president of USF.

USF is named by the Florida Board of Regents as a "Research I" university, along with the University of Florida and Florida State.

USF begins its first-ever season of NCAA football. The Bulls, playing in Division I-AA, open with an 80-3 win at Raymond James Stadium over Kentucky Wesleyan before 49,000 fans.

The Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center opens.

Betty Castor becomes the fifth president of USF.

The Colleges of Arts & Letters, Natural Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences are merged into a new college: the College of Arts and Sciences. CAS becomes the largest college on the USF campus.

Francis T. Borkowski begins his term as the fourth USF president.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute opens on the USF campus.

USF becomes the nation's first university to offer a Ph.D. in applied anthropology.

USF's baseball team wins its first Sun Belt championship.

The School of Nursing opens.

The College of Basic Studies is dissolved and the College of Liberal Arts is split into four new colleges: the College of Arts & Letters, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Fine Arts. The CBS acts as a community college within USF,…

First doctoral degree conferred to Joseph Houbrick, a student of biology and marine science.

The USF medical school opens. In July, the school's charter students begin their studies.

The first USF basketball game is played against the University of Florida at Curtis Hixon Hall. USF wins 85-78.

The USF Alumni Association is incorporated.
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