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University Chronology: 2000-2009

2000
Executive offices relocate to leased space on the 22nd floor of the C.N.A. building at 55 E. Jackson.

Theater School begins 75th anniversary celebration.

Hispanic Magazine declares DePaul 17th of the 25 top schools in the nation for Hispanic students.

DePaul’s Community Mental Health Center marks 25 years of service to needy Chicago communities.

DePaul Athletic Center opens at 2323 N. Sheffield. Replacing Alumni Hall, the Center serves as a practice, training, and fitness center for DePaul’s athletic teams.

Alumni Hall demolished.

U.S. Department of Education reports recognize DePaul as among the top 100 universities in America in granting degrees to minority students.

Kellstadt Graduate School of Business enters into a partnership with colleges in Bahrain and Thailand.


New dormitories at Belden/Racine and Clifton Fullerton open to house 245 and 343 students, respectively.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences establishes Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Center.

Michael Maggio, dean of The Theatre School, dies.

DePaul enrollment rises to 20,547 - a new record. 12,172 students are undergraduates.
DePaul is now the fastest growing Catholic university in the U.S.

Barat College Board of Trustees unanimously approves the proposed alliance with DePaul.

2001
Alliance between DePaul and Barat College is finalized.

Tuition increases 7.2 percent, due to increased faculty and technology needs.

DePaul opens the Center for Community Research, an institute dedicated to supporting research into social problems.

Irwin R. Steans Center for Community Based Service Learning is established at DePaul, on the basis of a five million dollar grant from Harrison W. Steans.

John Culbert, Joseph Jefferson Award-winning lighting and scenic designer, is named dean of The Theatre School, DePaul University. A member of the school’s faculty for 13 years, Culbert had served as acting dean since last summer, succeeding the late Michael Maggio.

Kellstadt School of Business expands its MBA program through an agreement with the Czech Management Center in Prague.

Renovations on Levan Center and O’Connell Center are completed. The renovations cost $9 million and include the installation of 29 new high-tech classrooms.

DePaul joins with Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University in proposing to build the nation’s largest joint student residence hall in Chicago’s South Loop. University Center of Chicago will house more than 1,600 students and live-in staff, and facilities will include retail space and food service.

DePaul enrollment reaches a record high of 21,363. The largest freshman class ever, 2,051 students, is admitted.

2002
Completing a major piece of the university’s investment in new facilities at its Lincoln Park Campus, DePaul opens its new student center, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., during the first week of January. The 145,000-square-foot brick and steel structure represents the most recent step in transforming the Lincoln Park Campus into one of the traditional, residential variety from its historic role as a commuter campus. The $25 million student center is the eighth major campus building to be opened there since 1998. The student center was designed by WTW Architects and VMC Architects and built by W.E. O’ Neil.

Richard H. Driehaus, DePaul alumnus and investment fund manager, donates $3.45 million to the College of Commerce.

Katharine Delaney, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lewis University, is appointed as new dean of Barat College.

Dave Leitao named new head coach of the DePaul Men’s Basketball team.

New DePaul student housing opens at 320 N. Michigan. Known as DePaul on Michigan, the 26-story high-rise will house 230 students over 21.

DePaul’s School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems announces that it will offer three Master’s Degree programs which may be completed through online coursework.

The 2003 Edition of the Princeton Review ranks the DePaul University student body as one of the most diverse in the nation.

Enrollment reaches 23,227.

The College of Commerce creates The Real Estate Center.

2003
Kenneth A. McHugh resigns from his position as executive vice president for Operations. Scott L. Scarborough is named to fill the position.

The Center for the Study of Race and Bioethics is established by the DePaul University College of Law.

U.S. News and World Report ranks DePaul’s MBA and Health Law programs among the top ten in their respective categories.

The Princeton Review national college rankings list DePaul’s students as happiest in the nation for the second time.

DePaul’s active alumni network reaches 115,000. The network is nationwide, but is most extensive in the Chicago area.

Richard Meister retires from his position as executive vice president for Academic Affairs. John J. Kozak is selected as the new executive vice president for Academic Affairs.

DePaul enrollment reaches 23,610, an increase of 363 students over the previous year. This makes DePaul not only the largest Catholic University in the country, but the 7th largest private university.

2004
DePaul’s School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems (CTI) launches its Digital Cinema Program.

DePaul’s Board of Trustees votes to close Barat Campus by June 2005. The Board decision cites the inability to make the campus financially self-sustaining as a factor in the closure.

Strategic financial restructuring results in job layoffs in March.

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider. C.M. is named DePaul’s 11th president, following the resignation of Rev. John P. Minogue, C.M.

DePaul awards 3,882 degrees in 2004 and has produced 125,999 alumni since the university's founding in 1898.

DePaul is again named as one of the top 100 universities in America awarding masters and bachelor’s degrees to minority students based on U.S. Department of Education’s data from the 2002-2003 academic year.

DePaul is known for its extensive, valuable alumni network, which encompassed 116,368 living alumni as of fall 2004.

Iraqi law professors visit DePaul as part of a project to restructure legal education in that nation.

University Center of Chicago, the largest multi-college residence hall in the nation, opens in August. Bounded by State Street, Congress Parkway, Harrison Street and Holden Court, University Center is within walking distance of Columbia, DePaul and Roosevelt and is in the heart of the South Loop, which has one of the highest concentrations of students and academic institutions in the United States.

A larger and more diverse freshman class led the way in enrollment this fall as its 2, 317 students represents a 3 percent increase over last year and bolstered the number of undergraduate students, which rose by 1 percent to 14, 717. But due to a 3 percent drop in graduate students, DePaul’s overall head count of 23, 570 students this fall reflects a slight, 40-student decline from last year—less than one-half of 1 percent.

A 15-year deal brings Barnes & Noble College Booksellers superstore to The DePaul Center. The bookseller will build and manage a 30,000-square-foot store on the main floor and concourse levels of the building, opening in mid-2005. It also will take over textbook services for DePaul students and manage that operation on the lower level, as well as at the Lincoln Park Campus bookstore.

2005
A $1 million gift from alumnus and life trustee Victor Cacciatore and his family helped fund a major renovation project that substantially upgraded DePaul’s soccer field, which remains Wish Field, and softball stadium, now the Cacciatore Stadium. The gift enables DePaul to make changes needed for the team’s entry into the Big East Conference in the fall of 2005.

DePaul exchanges Loop properties with the owner of a multi-story parking structure just south of the Lewis Center on Wabash Avenue, effectively consolidating the campus and clearing the way for university development at some point in the future. In exchange for the 28,533-square-foot plot at the northwest corner of Wabash and Van Buren Street— which houses the parking facility and a former restaurant—DePaul will give the site’s owners property that the university owns directly across Van Buren. The parcel is the site of Old St. Mary’s Church and a small surface parking lot.

DePaul acquires the property immediately west of the Lincoln Park Campus, at the southwest corner of Fullerton Parkway and Racine Avenue. The newly acquired, nearly -acre parcel houses a two-story building formerly owned by Rubens & Marble, Inc., commonly known as the Baby Factory.

John Kozak resigns from his position as executive vice president for Academic Affairs.
The American College of Education signs an agreement with DePaul to acquire the
academic assets and assume control of Barat College. The new owners plan to reinvigorate the college and operate under a new name at a new location.

Chicago-area native Jerry Wainwright was named the Blue Demons’ new men’s head
basketball coach, replacing Dave Leitao.

DePaul is recognized as one of the country’s best universities for fostering
social responsibility and public service in "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools
with Outstanding Community Involvement," a national guidebook published by the
Princeton Review.

About 4,500 degrees were awarded for academic year 2004-05.

Michael Mezey steps down after 12 years as dean of the College of Liberal Arts &
Sciences after 12 years of service. Charles Suchar, associate dean and professor of
Sociology, is selected as the college’s interim dean.

Helmut Epp accepts a two-year appointment as Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs.

Enrollment in fall 2005 was 23,148, including 14,740 undergraduates, 7,229 graduate
students and 1,179 law students.

DePaul launched a new master’s degree in social work focusing on
community practice (LA&S) and a master’s degree in real estate that incorporates
classes across colleges and disciplines, including marketing, law, public policy,
geography and economics (Commerce).

Arthur Kraft resigns after six years as dean of the College of Commerce and Kellstadt
Graduate School of Management. Ray Whittington is named interim dean.

2006
DePaul begins offering courses at the Grayslake campus of the University Center of Lake County (UCLC), a consortium of area universities.

DePaul sells the 23-acre Barat Campus, which closed in June 2005, to a Lake
Forest housing developer.

Ray Meyer, coach of the men’s basketball team for 42 years before he retired in 1984,
dies at the age of 91, on March 17.

The women’s basketball team advances to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time in
program history with a win over Tulsa on March 20, following the wake for former
men’s coach Ray Meyer.

Helmut Epp’s contract as executive vice president for Academic Affairs is extended
from the initial two-year term to a full five-year term in March. He resigned as dean of
the School for Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems. David
Miller is named interim dean.

Charles Suchar is named dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. A 1967
graduate, he has served the college as a faculty member, department chair, associate dean
and interim dean.

The Board of Trustees approves changing Helmut Epp’s title from Executive Vice
President for Academic Affairs to Provost and Scott Scarborough’s title from Executive
Vice President for Operations to Executive Vice President.

Ray Whittington named dean of the College of Commerce.

David Justice, vice president for Lifelong Learning and Suburban Campuses, resigns.

The Athletic Center is rechristened the Sullivan Athletic Center in memory of Gene
Sullivan, former athletic director. The center’s gymnasium was renamed McGrath Arena
in honor of the late Frank McGrath, a longtime men’s assistant basketball coach.

Loft Right residences open west of Racine on Fullerton Avenue. The facility provides
580 beds for students. Smithfield Properties built the complex and DePaul collaborates
on marketing, management and operations.

Fall 2006 enrollment was 23,149, including 14,893 undergraduates, 7,161 graduate
students and 1,095 law students.

2007
The Board of Trustees votes to elevate the department of Communication, part of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, to the College of Communication. Jacqueline Taylor, associate vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of Communication, was named dean.
David Miller is named dean of the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems. An associate professor, he had served as an administrator since 1994 and as acting dean since 2005.

The Real Estate Center receives a $3.5 million grant from the John D. and Catherine T.
MacArthur Foundation to join a coalition seeking to preserve affordable rental housing
for low- and middle-income families in the Chicago region.

Ground is broken for the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building
(McGowan South). The $40 million building is expected to open in January 2009 and is
linked to William McGowan science building (SEE 1998), creating a scientific focal
point on campus. The building is expected to qualify for certification from the
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System.
It is the first time DePaul sought this classification for one of its buildings.

In 2006-2007, DePaul awarded 5,554 degrees: 2,842 bachelor’s degrees, 2,319 master’s
degrees, 29 doctoral degrees, 359 juris doctor degrees and 5 master of laws degrees.

Advancement raised more that $34.5 million in 2006-07, exceeding its goal of $20
million by more than 72 percent and more than twice the previous year’s total of $15
million.

Susanne Dumbleton steps down as dean of the School for New Learning after 11 years
in that role. Marisa Alicea, a 20-year DePaul veteran, is named interim dean.

The 65-seat St. Louise de Marillac Chapel is dedicated in the Student Center. It is the
first chapel on the Lincoln Park Campus; previously, DePaul depended on St. Vincent’s
Church.

2008
On February 15, the university formally launched the School of Public Service, elevated from a program that began in 1970 and grew to offer five graduate degrees, and integrates the study of nonprofit, governmental and regulatory sectors.

Kellstadt’s part-time MBA program advanced three places and was ranked sixth in the nation in the annual rankings released by U.S. News & World Report on March 28. DePaul’s College of Law was again rated by U.S. News among the top 100 law schools nationally, and moved up to 88 from 91. U.S. News also noted the law school’s diverse enrollment.

On April 15, the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems (CTI) became the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM). The “new” college was organized into two schools: the School of Computing (SoC), which incorporated traditional information technology majors such as computer science, security, information systems, networking and software engineering; and the School of Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM), which featured digital arts majors such as digital cinema, computer games development, animation and interactive media.

On April 25, Marisa Alicea was named dean of the School for New Learning. A 21-year DePaul veteran, she had served as interim dean since July 2007.

On May 14, DePaul hosted its first track meet in more than 50 years with the inaugural running of the DePaul Relays on the new track at Lane Stadium on the campus of Lane Tech High School. Eight teams competed.

Robert Kozoman, a 25-year employee of DePaul, was named executive vice president after serving as interim EVP for the prior year.

DePaul received a $1 million challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation to support construction of the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Science Building on the university’s Lincoln Park Campus.

On June 9, DePaul acquired the historic 14 E. Jackson Blvd. building, an 18-story, 384,000-square-foot structure that became the home of the College of Communication and the School for New Learning.

On June 15, Karen Alkoby became the first deaf woman in the U.S. to receive a Ph.D. in computer science, earned at DePaul.

In June DePaul conferred 5,671 degrees.

On July 11, Marie Ann Donovan was named interim dean of the School of Education, taking over for Clara Jennings.

DePaul was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the “Great College Town” category by the Princeton Review’s annual college rankings.

The DePaul University Museum received 150 photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. The gift is part of the foundation’s Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.

DePaul launched the Center on World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, focusing on research and dialogue surrounding the shifting demographics of global Catholicism.

U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul’s service-learning program as one of the 25 best in the nation in the magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges 2009” edition.

In September 2008, the School for New Learning launched degree programs with the College of Commerce, for a bachelor of arts in general business, and with the School of Education for a bachelor of arts in early childhood education.

DePaul launched the Accelerated Veterans Admissions’ Program, providing returning veterans with an immediate admission decision and, if admitted, an assessment of the transferability of any existing college credits, financial aid consultation and other admission support.

The College of Commerce receives a $7.5 million challenge grant from the Conrad Hilton Foundation to establish a School of Hospitality, whose bachelor’s degree will prepare students for management roles at hotels, restaurants, convention and tourism venues, spas and related leisure industries.

Fall enrollment was 24,352, a 4 percent increase over last year’s enrollment of 23,401 and an all-time high. The freshman class of 2,555 was also a record, and the number of transfer students was up 13 percent over the prior year. Graduate and law school enrollment held steady at 8,570, with 1,756 new students registering in the fall.

On December 18, the first students graduated from the School for New Learning’s bachelor of arts program in Nairobi, Kenya, conducted in partnership with Tangaza College.

2009
On January 6, the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Environmental Science and Chemistry Building (McGowan South) was dedicated.

The new 14 E. Jackson building begins serving students and staff in the School for New Learning, College of Communication, School of Public Service, Office of Continuing and Professional Education and the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.

On April 25, women’s softball coach Eugene Lenti led the Blue Demons to his 1,000th coaching victory. In his 28 years at DePaul, Lenti took four teams to the Women’s College World Series (WCWS), and was inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in December 2008.

In June, DePaul awarded a total of 5,850 degrees.

On July 1, Paul Zionts became the new dean of the School of Education. He had been dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 2005.

DePaul, St. John’s University and Niagara University launched the Vincentian Mission Institute: Leadership in Higher Education, designed to develop successive generations of lay leaders to support their institutions’ Catholic and Vincentian identities. The program will include select faculty and staff leaders from each institution who will participate in an intensive three-year continuing education program.

In August, DePaul filed its Lincoln Park Master Plan with the City of Chicago. The 10-year plan included new buildings for The Theatre School, proposed for the site of a parking lot at the southwest corner of Fullerton and Racine avenues; the School of Music, slated for the west side of the 2300 block of North Halsted Street; and a general academic building is envisioned for the west side of the 2300 block of North Kenmore Avenue. This building would replace classroom space lost from the demolition of McGaw Hall, which sits on the site of the proposed new School of Music building. A building for the DePaul Art Museum is anticipated at 935 W. Fullerton Ave.

On August 15, Illinois Appellate Court Judge Warren D. Wolfson became interim dean of the College of Law, replacing Glenn Weissenberger.

On September 9, DePaul officially opened its new School of Hospitality Leadership, part of the College of Commerce, and funded in part by a $7.5 million gift last fall from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to establish the school, which will prepare students for management roles at hotels, restaurants, convention and tourism ventures, spas and related leisure industries. Chris Roberts was the inaugural director.

In September, the Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan Environmental Science and Chemistry that opened in January received a Gold LEED® rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first for a university science building in Illinois. A plaque was installed on the building’s roof during a dedication ceremony September 23.

Despite the troubled economy, DePaul set an all-time record for enrollment in the fall, surpassing 25,000 for the first time while welcoming its most diverse freshman class ever. Total enrollment increased nearly 3 percent to 25,072 this year.

On December 22, the International Human Rights Law Institute received a $4.7 million grant from the United States Department of State. The award, which is the largest single government grant ever given to the College of Law, will support legal education and human and women’s rights work in Iraq.

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