Key Chronological Dates in the History of Lock Haven University
1870 Lock Haven University was founded by Albert N. Raub as the
Central State Normal School.
1873 Cornerstone of the Central State Normal School laid.
1877 First building completed, first students and classes. Two year
elementary and four-year science course offered.
1878 First graduating class includes 3 women and 18 men.
1888 Price Hall burns, cornerstone for new building (Sullivan Hall)
1895 Three year regular normal course and five year advanced
normal course added.
1911 Four year normal course instituted.
1914 State of Pennsylvania purchases institution.
1920 Two year curricula adopted in Kindergarten-Primary,
Intermediate Grades, Junior High School, and Rural School.
1927 Name changed to State Teachers College at Lock Haven.
Authority granted to confer baccalaureate degrees in
elementary/secondary education & health/physical education.
1935 Four year Health and Physical Education program added.
1949 Institution accredited by Middle States Association of
Colleges and Universities.
1960 Name changed to Lock Haven State College.
1962 School of Arts and Science started. Liberal arts B.A. degree
offered in Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Sciences.
1965 First degrees in Arts and Science awarded.
1967 Social Work degree program initiated.
1969 Fine Arts degree program initiated.
1973 Biology/Chemistry degree programs initiated.
1976 General Studies, cooperative engineering programs initiated.
1977 Journalism, Math-Computer Science, and International Studies
1982 Craig Dean Willis inaugurated as President; Economics degree
1983 Name changed to Lock Haven University as a result of the
creation of the State System of Higher Education; Music
1986 Health Sciences and Recreation programs offered.
1987 Masters of Liberal Arts degree program implemented; first
student enrollments at Williamsport Center.
1988 Management of Technology program offered.
1989 Library Science program offered; Clearfield Campus
established; Middle States reaccreditation affirmed.
1990 Associate degree program in Nursing offered.
1991 First strategic plan completed.
1992 CARS student information system and voice response
registration implemented. Library card catalog automated.
Small Business Development Center opened. Continuous
1994 $2.5 million Capital Campaign announced, goal achieved in
1995 Middle States reaccreditation affirmed.
1996 Accounting and Geology majors approved; Master of
Education, Master of Health Science/Physician Assistant in
Rural Primary Care approved.
1997 Approved associate degree in Applied Science and
Management; second strategic plan completed 1996-2001;
accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied
Health Education Programs.
1998 The pedestrian mall was named Ivy Lane The Recreation
Center referendum passed. The facility is projected to open in
the year 2001. The System adopted the Academic Passport to
allow students to transfer credits from one System University
2000 Associate degree in radiologic technology was approved.
2001 Associate degrees in criminal justice, allied health, and
management information systems were approved; a bachelors
degree in criminal justice is approved. The Student
Recreation Center opened as well as the new building that
houses the Clearfield Branch campus.
2002 Associate degree in electronic engineering technology was
approved; bachelor degrees in paralegal studies and sport
administration studies were approved, as well as a bachelor of
fine arts in fine/studio art. A masters degree in alternative
education was also approved.
2005 Dr. Keith T. Miller inaugurated as President; Nanotechnology
degree program offered.
In addition to the events listed above, during President Craig Dean Willis’ tenure, the
following were initiated: an Industrialist-in-Residence program featuring a three-day
series of classroom meetings, public lecture and symposia; an Honors Program; a joint
Lock Haven University-Mansfield University Graduate Consortium in Special Education;
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offered in conjunction with Clarion University;
and a Teaching-Learning Center was established. International Exchange Programs were
developed with twenty one nations through university cooperation and an English as a
second Language Program began. The schools of Education and Health and Physical
Education were combined into a single College of Education and Human Services. Since
1989, the College of Arts and Science has designed 13 new minors, two tracks, and two
concentrations. The College of Education and Human Services has added seven minors,
one track and five options.
Assistance to students was broadened through Management internships with local
industry and a Presidential Scholarship program was developed. Work study and campus
employment opportunities were expanded. The Lock Haven University Foundation
increased its assets to over $5 million.
Capital improvement projects under Dr. Willis’ tenure include renovations of Akeley
Hall, Price Auditorium, Bentley Hall, and Rogers Gymnasium, expansion of the Parsons
Union Building, Jack Stadium, and North Ulmer Hall, steam line renovation, current
construction of Clearfield Campus, and the purchase and renovation of the Courthouse
Annex. An international house was established, and additional houses purchased and
renovated to house ROTC, Recreation, and the Honors Program. Community relations
have been fostered through participation in the Ben Franklin Partnership Agreement;
continuing education programs; Life Long Learning Program; and liaison between
Keystone Central School District, the Small Business Development Center, and the
University. Since 1994, enrollments have increased over 33 percent, compared to 10.1
percent for the State System of Higher Education (Figure 2).
Dr. C. Willis has returned from a sabbatical during which he studied comparative
international education throughout the System.
Personal computers, which were non-existent before the mid-1980’s, now exceed 700.
The campus is networked through a fiber optics network (LHUPnet) that connects most
buildings on campus. LHUPnet connects to the SSHEnet system connecting all sister
universities and the Dixon Center. Internet service is provided by Voicenet at the West
Chester location. There are five main computer labs on campus managed by the
Computing Center. In addition, all seven residence halls have computer labs.
Departmental computer labs include Art/Music in Sloan, the Science Lab in Ulmer, the
Psychology Lab in Robinson and the new Linux Lab for Computer Science in Akeley.
This brings the total number of student accessibility to computers to almost 300. The
University has a custom distance education classroom in Raub that holds 30 students and
a Vtel unit at the Clearfield campus designed to accommodate 16. Classes are being
delivered between the two locations daily. Another Vtel System is located in Stevenson
in the Teaching Learning Center and is used for Faculty Professional Development. A
fourth, small Vtel System is located in the Computing Center Conference Room.
U.S. News and World Report recently recognized Lock Haven University of
Pennsylvania as one of the top Public Liberal Arts Colleges in the North.
More recently the Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and Radiological
Technology were approved. The new general education curriculum was approved and
implemented. The curriculum includes overlay requirements for writing emphasis,
information literacy, multicultural instruction and external experience. The Recreation
Center is in the design phase and projected to open in January, 2002. The Campus
Village has been purchased. Jazzman’s Café and Jazzman’s Express were added to the
first floors of Bentley and Raub. A minor in Alternative Education was approved in the
College of Education and Health Science. Groundbreaking has taken place for the new
Clearfield Campus. The University held a 125 year International Program celebration,
entered into a collaborative agreement with the West Branch technology Center, and the
Tomlinson Locker room was dedicated. A separate department for the Physician
Assistant Studies program was added. Collaboration was undertaken with four other
System universities to deliver programs throughout the northern tier of Pennsylvania. The
Carnegie Classification was changed from a Baccalaureate (liberal arts) College II to a
Master’s (comprehensive) University and College II. The Strategic Planning process was
changed and preparations made with a self study for the visit from Middle States.