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  • 1960
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Christopher Newport is established and authorized by the Virginia General Assembly as a two-year branch of the College of William & Mary. H. Westcott Cunningham is Christopher Newport College’s first director, and later, president.
  • 1961
     
    • right pointing arrow icon More than 170 students enroll in classes at the original location, a former public school building in downtown Newport News.
  • 1963
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The city of Newport News purchases a 75-acre tract of land on Shoe Lane and gives it to Virginia as a permanent site for Christopher Newport.
    • right pointing arrow icon The first student newspaper, Chris’s Crier (later renamed The Captain’s Log), is published.
  • 1964
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The first building, the original Christopher Newport Hall, is built at the new site.
    • right pointing arrow icon The men’s basketball team plays its first season.
  • 1968
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Captain John Smith Library opens.
    • right pointing arrow icon The women’s basketball and men’s tennis teams play their first seasons.
  • 1970
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Psychology professor and dean of students, Dr. James C. Windsor, becomes president. Among his many accomplishments, Windsor established the student counseling center, which was renamed in his honor in 2012.
    • right pointing arrow icon The golf team is established.
  • 1971
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Christopher Newport becomes a four-year degree-granting institution.
    • right pointing arrow icon The women’s basketball team plays its first season.
  • 1975
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm of New York speaks at commencement. She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968.
  • 1977
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Christopher Newport gains independence from the College of William & Mary.
  • 1978
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The women’s tennis team and the volleyball team are established.
  • 1980
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Dr. John E. Anderson becomes president. After his tenure he returned to teaching, retiring in 2003 as distinguished professor of psychology. He died in 2009.
  • 1982
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The baseball team plays its first season
  • 1985
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The softball team is established.
  • 1986
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The original Christopher Newport Hall is renamed McMurran Hall to honor Lewis A. McMurran Jr. for his role in helping create Christopher Newport College.
  • 1987
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Dr. Anthony R. Santoro becomes president, presiding over Christopher Newport’s transition to a residential campus. The first residence hall was completed in 1994 and named in honor of Santoro and his wife, Carol. After his tenure as president he returned to teaching, where he is distinguished professor of history.
    • right pointing arrow icon The outdoor track and field team wins national championship.
  • 1991
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The first graduate programs are offered at Christopher Newport.
  • 1992
     
    • right pointing arrow icon With the establishment of graduate programs, the institution’s name is changed to Christopher Newport University.
  • 1994
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The first residence hall opens and is dedicated to the president, Anthony R. Santoro, and his wife, Carol.
    • right pointing arrow icon Scott Scovil ’96 wins the NCAA Division III national golf championship.
  • 1996
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Former U.S. Senator Paul S. Trible Jr. becomes president. Trible has overseen wholesale improvements to academic offerings and a complete transformation of the campus into a world-class liberal arts and sciences university.
  • 1997
     
    • right pointing arrow icon French Professor Susan St. Onge wins Virginia’s “Outstanding Faculty Award.”
    • right pointing arrow icon The women’s soccer team is established and plays its first season.
  • 1998
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The President’s Leadership Program (PLP) is established. PLP is a four-year leadership education experience that empowers students to recognize their leadership potential and develop personal and social responsibility for the betterment of self and society.
  • 1999
     
    • right pointing arrow icon CNU is named No. 2 among regional public liberal arts colleges in the South in U.S.News’ “America’s Best Colleges.”
  • 2000
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The women’s lacrosse and field hockey teams are established and play their first seasons.
  • 2001
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The football team is established, and plays its first season, winning the Dixie Conference Championship. The team, under head coach Matt Kelchner, reached the NCAA playoffs in its first four seasons, the only school in college football history to ever do so.
  • 2005
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The Ferguson Center for the Arts opens. Designed by the firm of renowned architect I. M. Pei, the Ferguson Center presents some of the finest cultural attractions in the world. Nearly two million people from around the world have experienced more than 600 hundred performances.
  • 2006
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The David Student Union opens. Longtime supporter Edward D. “Buddy” David and his siblings name the student center to honor their parents, William and Goldie David.
  • 2007
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The men’s lacrosse team is established and plays its first season.
  • 2008
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Paul and Rosemary Trible Library opens. With computer workstations and a comprehensive media center, it is the campus hub for research, learning and scholarly interaction.
    • right pointing arrow icon The Luter School of Business is established. Named for longtime supporter and Chairman of the Board of Smithfield Foods, Joseph W. Luter, III, The Luter School offers a comprehensive curriculum in business administration with concentrations in accounting, finance, management and marketing.
  • 2010
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Lewis Archer McMurran, Jr. Hall opens. Named in honor of one of Christopher Newport’s early champions, the building houses the Departments of English, Government, History, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, and Philosophy and Religious Studies. McMurran Hall is also home to the five-year Master of Arts in Teaching Program.
  • 2011
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The Princeton Review includes Christopher Newport University in its annual “best colleges” guidebook.
    • right pointing arrow icon Forbes Magazine ranks CNU No. 4 of the top 20 colleges for minorities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
    • right pointing arrow icon U.S. News ranks Christopher Newport University the No. 6 Up-and-Coming” regional university in the South.
    • right pointing arrow icon Mary Brock Forbes Hall opens, and is home to the Departments of Molecular Biology and Chemistry, Organismal and Environmental Biology, Neuroscience, and Psychology. Mary Brock Forbes was a beloved Newport News educator and mother of Dr. Sarah Forbes, CNU champion and benefactor.
  • 2013
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Luter Hall opens, housing the Luter School of Business, and the Departments of Communication; Economics; Leadership and American Studies; Mathematics; Physics, Computer Science and Engineering; and Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology.
  • 2015
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Christopher Newport earns a perfect ‘A’ rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the strength of its liberal learning curriculum – the only public university in the nation to do so.
    • right pointing arrow icon The Luter School of Business is separated from the College of Social Sciences and led by a new dean, Dr. George Ebbs.
    • right pointing arrow icon The new Christopher Newport Hall opens. The building houses student success services from admission through graduation, including the Admissions Welcome Center, the offices of Admission, Registrar, Financial Aid, Housing, the Center for Academic Success and the Center for Career Planning, among others.
  • 2016
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Bloomberg Names Luter School one of America’s 100 Best Undergraduate Business Schools.
    • right pointing arrow icon Brook Byrd wins Barry Goldwater Scholarship, widely considered the most prestigious award bestowed on undergraduates studying​ the sciences and engineering.
  • 2017
     
    • right pointing arrow icon Defining Significance: The First Comprehensive Campaign for Christopher Newport University ends. The six-year campaign raised a total of $66.2 million – well in excess of the $42 million goal – in support of five priorities: scholarships, Alumni House, faculty excellence and great teaching, programs of distinction, and annual giving and unrestricted support.
  • 2018
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The Trible Library expansion is completed, adding 800 additional seats for students; two new classrooms, including one for digital humanities; a two-story reading room; a 100-seat theater; and a greatly enhanced collection of books, magazines and journals.
    • right pointing arrow icon Business major and ROTC cadet Meg Copenhaver completes Army Airborne School and becomes the first-ever fourth-generation paratrooper in the nation.
    • right pointing arrow icon The university launches a new Community Captains program to ease local students' path to college. In partnership with Newport News Public Schools, the pioneering initiative offers local 10th graders special programming and guidance. Participants are also eligible for early admission to Christopher Newport.
  • 2019
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The university is selected as one of the first universities to participate in Virginia’s ambitious Tech-Talent Investment Program, a multimillion dollar investment by the commonwealth in Christopher Newport’s students, facilities, faculty and staff for the next two decades. In return, the university will enroll, prepare and graduate hundreds of students with degrees in computer science and related programs.
    • right pointing arrow icon The football and outdoor track facility is named TowneBank Stadium and construction is completed on Jennings Family Stadium for lacrosse and field hockey.
  • 2020
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The university pivots to an entirely online teaching format in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Residence halls are closed, many events are canceled and most employees work from home or other off-campus locations.
    • right pointing arrow icon The university is one of the founding institutions of the new Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference that gives Captains an opportunity to compete against teams from across the United States.
  • 2021
     
    • right pointing arrow icon The Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center opens to the public.
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