1867

Seeking to establish an “academic institution that shall be an honor to the church and a blessing to future generations,” Centenary Collegiate Institute…

1874

Thousands attend the opening of the Institute and the official inauguration of Rev. George H. Whitney, the first president of Centenary. Another milestone…

1899

Fire destroys the main building of C.C.I., and amazingly, every student and faculty member escapes unharmed. Classes resume at local churches and construction…

1910

In response to increasing numbers of female applicants, C.C.I. becomes an all-girls’ preparatory school. Centenary remained a single sex institution…

1948

America’s post-war boom is in full swing and so is Centenary. New residence halls, Van Winkle Hall, the Taylor Memorial Library and Reeves student union…

1958

The FCC grants an FM broadcasting license to Centenary that becomes WNTI, the station that gave broadcast professionals like Carol Lackland ’54 their…

1973

Associate’s degree program in equine studies is introduced. It grew into a highly regarded bachelor’s degree program including equine science to prepare…

1988

Male students return to campus, making Centenary a coeducational baccalaureate degree granting institution.

1995

First graduate program, a Master of Arts in education, is introduced. Today, Centenary has grown to offer 15 master’s degree programs.

2003

Centenary continues its transformation with the support of a historic capital campaign. The Littell Technology Center and a new residence hall are constructed…

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