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Highlights of the Appleton Presidency

Dr. James Appleton

Commencement 2012

1987 

  • James R. Appleton becomes the eighth president of the University of Redlands.

1988 

  • President Appleton is inaugurated in April.

1989

  • The first balanced budget in several years is created.
  • The first comprehensive development campaign is run.

1991

  • Hedco Foundation grant endows a chair in environmental studies, which helps to launch the Environmental Studies program.

1992

  • The Director of Race and Ethic Studies is established.

1993

  • The comprehensive development campaign is successfully completed.

1994

  • The Hunsaker Center is dedicated.
  • Bulldog softball field.
  • Community service becomes a requirement for graduation.

1996

  • A new, 13-lane NCAA regulation pool is dedicated.

1997

  • The old wooden sign is removed to make way for the new McGregor gateways.

1998

  • The $4 million chapel renovation campaign kicks off.

1999

  • Faculty Diversity Initiative is launched as an effort to expand diversity within the faculty. This resulted in the hiring of six faculty of color.

2000

  • Reconstruction of Whitehead College to become the schools of Business and Education begins.
  • Hedco Hall and Gregory Hall are dedicated in the Stauffer Complex for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Studies.

2001

  • University enrollment breaks the 2000 mark.
  • Salzburg Facility renovation is started in May, to be re-opened in January 2002.

2002

  • The 6,800 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center is opened.

2003

  • Cassavant Restoration
  • The academic calandar changes from a 4-1-4 semester schedule to a 4-4-1 semester schedule, creating May Term.

2004

  • The Center for Business Ethics and Society is established.
  • University endowment surpasses $100 Million.
  • Centennial Campaign announces the university's most ambitious fundraising campaign of $100 million.
  • President Appleton announces his move to position of Chancellor.

2005

  • Stauffer Science Complex Phase II Appleton Hall and Lewis Hall.

2010

  • Dr. Appleton returns to the presidency of the University of Redlands.
  • Leads University to financial recovery and renewal of future planning.

2011

  • University of Redlands "Centennial Park" dedicated.
  • Search for the 11th president of the University of Redlands announced. 

 


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