History

1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s


1968
In November 1968, the New Jersey legislature approved a $202.5 million capital construction bond issue, including $15 million earmarked to build a state college in southern New Jersey. The bond issue was the culmination of years of intense political wrangling over proposed sites for the new institution of higher education. Elizabeth Barstow Alton, a member of the original Board of Trustees, and powerful State Senator Frank S. Farley were among the most influential supporters for bringing a four-year college to the southern part of the state. 

1969
Ultimately, legislation establishing the school was passed in 1969. A 1,600-acre tract in the heart of the Pinelands in the Pomona section of Galloway Township, Atlantic County, was selected for the site. In June, Dr. Richard E. Bjork was named as the first President of the College.

The Trustees originally voted to name the school South Jersey State College. At the urging of the Board of Higher Education, which opted not to act on the proposed name, the Trustees reconsidered and named the institution Richard Stockton State College, after one of New Jersey’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. It had been thought the original name would confuse the school with Rutgers’ College of South Jersey. 


1970
Ground was officially broken on the new College campus on December 9, 1970, near the site of what is now A-Wing. When it became clear the new buildings would not be ready for the September 1971 admission of students, the Trustees selected the Mayflower Hotel in Atlantic City as the temporary campus.

1971
Classes began on schedule with the commencement of the first academic year in September. The College officially took shape as 1,000 students, (50 of whom were Educational Opportunity Fund students), 97 staff and 60 full-time faculty took over the former resort hotel. By December, occupancy of the first phase of the new campus construction took place, with the transfer of classes and offices to Pomona during the winter holiday period.

The Council of Black Faculty and Staff was formed.photos from Stockton's past

1972
September marked the first full academic year at the new campus, as well as the initial occupancy of A-Court in the campus student housing apartments by 128 students. 

1973
Phase II campus buildings (F-H Wings) were opened. February.

Stockton’s first graduating class of 290 students received their diplomas in commencement ceremonies. June

1975
The 475 students in the first four-year class received their degrees. Stockton alumni now number 1,106. June.

Phase III (through L Wing) construction completed. July.

Accreditation of Stockton State College by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools was granted. December.

1976
The 550-seat Performing Arts Center opened, bringing cultural opportunities and entertainment previously unavailable in the region. 

1979
Dr. Peter M. Mitchell, the second President of the College, was appointed in June 1979.


1980s:

1981
Housing II opened in November.

1983
N-Wing College Center in February.

Dr. Vera King Farris was named third President of the College on May 25, 1983.

1986
Housing III opened, which made Stockton the most residential of the state colleges. December.

1987
The Residential Life Center (later named for Ann F. Townsend) opened in April.

1988
Lakeside Center opened.

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1990:
The College opened the Holocaust Resource Center, one of the first hosted by a public college. The Resource Center, including a library and archive of video and audio taped histories of Holocaust survivors and artifacts from the Holocaust, became the hub for the school’s pioneering role in Holocaust and Genocide education. This role would grow to include offering the nation’s first Master of Arts program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies (1999) and conducting teacher training in Holocaust Education for thousands of teachers.

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1990
The Residential Life Center is named after Naming of the Ann F. Townsend. April.

Graduation of 689 students increases alumni to 13,869. Governor James J. Florio delivers the commencement address and receives honorary Doctor of Laws and Letters degree. May.

1991
Stockton College was reaccredited unconditionally for another ten years by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education, with a special commendation for achieving social and intellectual diversity. July.

1993
The College name was changed to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

By December 1993, all the buildings comprising the academic complex went online with a new environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art, geothermal heating and cooling system, which saved more than $300,000 each year in fuel costs.

1994
Stockton’s first graduate program, the Master of Physical Therapy, receives State approval.

Stockton was selected as the training site for the World Cup soccer team from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which advanced to the second round of the tournament for the first time in the nation’s history. An international soccer match was staged here with Trinidad and Tobago.

photos from Stockton's past1995
The newly expanded and renovated Library was dedicated. October.
Stockton’s women’s soccer team advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four, and the College was selected to host the tournament. November.

1996
A new $9.6-million Arts and Sciences Building, designed by renowned architect Michael Graves, opened. April

1997
Students enroll in the first grraduate courses at Stockton. January.

A $450,000 grant was awarded to Stockton by Atlantic County to start an Education Technology Training Center, providing teachers in kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts with professional development opportunities to infuse technology into the classroom. July.

Researchers from Stockton and Rutgers University joined forces in 1997 to establish the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve on the Mullica River. October.

The State Commission on Higher Education approved changes in the programmatic mission, authorizing additional graduate programs on an incremental basis. November.

1998
President Vera King Farris is recognized as one of 21 people named to “Who’s Who of Higher Education Leadership” as a result of Change, The Magazine of Higher Education, survey 11,000 members of the higher education community. January.

Construction is completed on the first phase (athletic fields, track and lighting) of the multi-purpose recreation center. March.

Stockton initiates the first Master of Holocaust and Genocide Studies program in the United States. September.

1999
Stockton awarded its first graduate degrees in the Masters of Business Studies program. January.

TheWest Quad” academic building is dedicated; it houses health science programs and new facilities for student health services and the counseling center. September.

Stockton was also recognized by the Templeton Foundation in 1999 for outstanding leadership in the field of character development. The foundation lauded Stockton for the CHEER (Civility, Harmony, Education, Environment, and Respect) Conference to reduce prejudice, violence and bigotry in schools while championing cultural diversity and for the College’s leadership role in Holocaust education. November.

President Vera King Farris spoke at the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, hosted by the Prime Minister of Sweden and attended by 44 national heads of state. December.


 

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2000

Stockton graduates a record 850 students including the first two degree recipients in the nation’s first Master of Arts in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. May.

The $17-million Sports Center opens. The first event is “Senior Salute” in honor of Spring 2000 graduates. May.

2001
In April 2001, Stephen E. Dunn, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, received thephotos from Stockton's past 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for “Different Hours,” a collection of poems.

2002

Men's soccer team wins the national championship with a 25-1-1 record. It is the most wins in school history and a record number of soccer wins in the NCAA in any division. Jeff Haines was named NCAA Coach of the Year for Division III. January.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the accreditation of The Richard Stockton College. June. 

Stockton entered into a partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to transform the historic Carnegie Library building in Atlantic City into a satellite campus. August.

2003

The Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies is founded. January.

Wendel A. White, Professor of Art, is awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in recognition for his photography of black communities in small towns. April.

Dr. Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., was named fourth President of the College. June.

The Small Business Development Center of Atlantic City merges with Stockton. October.

2004
The Southern Regional Institute (SRI) and Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) moves to its own building in Mays Landing. February.

The former A-Wing Lecture Hall was rededicated as the Elizabeth Alton Auditorium. An extensive renovation of the Alton auditorium was completed in 2009.

Stockton opens its campus in Atlantic City at the historic Carnegie Library Center, the multi-use facility that serves the College and the residents of Atlantic City and region as an educational and instructional facility and conference center. May.

2005
The College holds its first Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. January.

photos from Stockton's pastThe Stockton Text Center and Drama Discovery Series are established. March.

The New Jersey Center for Hospitality and Tourism Research is created. July.

Social and Behavioral Sciences offers its first graduate program, the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. September.

2006
The Doctor of Physical Therapy, Stockton’s first doctoral program, is approved by the State of New Jersey. April.

Stockton develops an Aviation Research and Technology Park with the Federal Aviation Administration William J. Hughes Technical Center to perform research and engineering in the areas of systems engineering, air traffic management, human factors, safety, security and information technology. June.

Stockton begins a three year program to convert traditional classrooms into high-technology electronic classrooms. June.

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program announces its new Homeland Security track, the first homeland security program in the country that is linked to a graduate-level Criminal Justice curriculum. October.

2007
The College establishes the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy to foster inquiry into the vital questions of ethics and civility and an ongoing dialogue among state leaders and citizens. May.

Stockton is awarded the largest single gift to date in its history, a $500,000 gift from the Leo B. Schoffer family to name Stockton’s Holocaust Resource Center in honor of Schoffer’s parents; Sara and Sam Schoffer. May.

Two additional gifts are granted to the Holocaust Resource Center, one of $250,000 by The Azeez Foundation of Egg Harbor Township, and the other of $100,000 by Mr. Jack Koopman of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. May.

Stockton offers its first Stockton CSI, a residential summer camp for high school students who want hands-on experience with a criminal investigation and trial. June.

The College establishes the Stockton Center on Successful Aging (SCOSA); its mission is to develop programs that promote healthy, successful and civically engaged aging among New Jersey’s rapidly growing older population. September.

Stockton launches a Homeland Security track in the Master of Arts in Criminal justice program and becomes a member of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the nation’s premier homeland security executive program.

Stockton honors G. Larry James, Dean of Athletics & Recreational Programs and Services and a 1968 Olympic gold and silver medalist, by renaming its track and soccer facility the “G. Larry James Stadium.”

College Board of Trustees approved a resolution to change the former Divisions of the College to Schools. Former academic “divisions” are changed to “schools” so they can grow their degree programs and operate independently. December.

The School of Education and School of Business are created. December.

2008
The School of Health Sciences is established. May.photos from Stockton's past

Stockton’s first $1-million endowment is announced at the dedication of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. May.

Stockton’s first class of Doctor of Physical Therapy graduates. June.

Stockton Affiliated Services, Inc. (SASI), a non-profit auxiliary organization for The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is incorporated.

Constitution was adopted establishing the Faculty Senate of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

2009

The Office of Veteran Affairs, which provides comprehensive support for veterans and active service members, opens. January.

The South Jersey Center for Digital Humanities is founded. June.

The Stockton Center for Community Schools is established. July.

Stockton launches its new Master of Social Work (MSW) Program. September.

New Jersey Coalition for Financial Education (NJCFE), Southern Regional Office, is founded. November.


2010:
Stockton develops a partnership with the Noyes Museum. February.

The South Jersey Regional Internship Center is created. March.

The Lloyd D. Levenson Institute for Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism has been established in Stockton’s School of Business. April.

The College purchases the historic Seaview Resort. September.

Stockton College is among 115 “Community Engaged Institutions” selected nationwide for the prestigious Community Engagement Classification as compiled by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. December.

Stockton announces a plan for a 14,000 square foot satellite campus in downtown Hammonton, NJ.

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2011

Stockton launches Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. January.

The 154,000 square foot Campus Center officially opened its doors on Commencement Day, May 7. 

The College breaks ground on the Unified Science Center, set to open in 2013.

The College receives the largest single gift in its history, a $1 million anonymous endowed gift to be used for the direct support of students facing exceptional financial hardships.

Stockton College enters a cooperative agreement with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA) which enhances opportunities for students in the Stockton Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies (HTMS) program and SHA students in the Management Internship Program (MIP). As part of the agreement, qualified Stockton will have clear pathways for admission into Cornell’s appropriate graduate programs. September.

The inaugural William J. Hughes Center Civility in Government and Politics Award is presented to W. Cary Edwards, former member of the NJ General Assembly, Chief Counsel to Governor Thomas H. Kean, Attorney General for New Jersey and Chairman of the State Commission of Investigation. September

The Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage is donated to the College as part of a partnership and the largest-ever gift to the College. September.

Stockton launches Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Academic Affairs launches Essential Learning Outcomes Project. September.

Stockton’s first-ever comprehensive giving campaign, “You Make the Difference, the Campaign for Stockton College,” is announced. September. 

Stockton’s Hughes Center announces a new Legislator-in-Residence Program. September.

2012
The Stockton College Center for Public Safety and Security opens in the Office of Continuing Studies. January.

The FRST Program, designed to offer a sustained, year-long academic experience for Freshmen, is approved by the Faculty Senate. January.

The Art Gallery holds its inaugural exhibition with works from the Visual Arts faculty. February.

Dean Pappas, Richard Stockton Trustee, and wife, Zoe, announce $1,150,000 gift to Stockton. April.

The Library is named after the College’s first president, Dr. Richard E. Bjork. April.

Stockton announces gifts and pledges totaling $20.4 million have been received and campaign goal has been exceeded. With two years remaining in the campaign a new target of an additional $2 million for student scholarships is announced. April.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education affirms Stockton’s reaccreditation with two commendations after a successful decennial evaluation.

The inaugural meeting of the Higher Education Strategic Information and Governance (HESIG) Policy Steering Council supported by a grant from the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund is held. June.

Stockton launches a Master of Arts in American Studies. September.

Stockton opens its first instructional site in Ocean County, New Jersey, the Manahawkin Instructional Site. September.

2013
Kramer Hall, the College’s Hammonton Instructional Site, opened. The building is named after Lynn and Charles Kramer for their many years of service and philanthropic support. June.

Cape May County’s first instructional site of The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey was formally opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Anne Azeez Hall in Woodbine, NJ. April.

Stockton College dedicated its $39.5 million Unified Science Center in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 66,350-square-foot, three-story facility expands Stockton’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. September.

Both undergraduate and graduate student enrollment reached their highest levels in the College’s history. Total enrollment at the College was 8,458. September.

Stockton signs a memorandum of agreement with the Atlantic City Aquarium. November.

Stockton opens the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College in Atlantic City. November.

Stockton graduates its first Master of Science in Communication Disorders class. December.

The first Graduate Student Research Symposium was conducted at the College. December.

2014
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.), the first woman to be named to the United States Supreme Court, spoke before a gathering of nearly 3,000 in the Sports Center. The presentation was the first in the Pappas Visiting Scholar Series, which was made possible by a gift from Stockton Trustee Dean Pappas and his wife, Zoe. March

“You Make the Difference - The Campaign for Stockton College” generated donations and gifts of $25,363,687 - far exceeding the original goal of $20 million set in 2011.

The Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies was dedicated the Constantelos Hellenic Collection and Reading Room, after Dr. Demetrios J. Constantelos. October.

Stockton entered into an agreement with Rowan University that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics from Stockton and a Bachelor of Science Engineering degree from Rowan in five years. October.

Stockton Seaview dedicated a time capsule on the occasion of its 100th Anniversary on Nov. 13, 2014, preserving the present for future discovery. The time capsule location will be marked with a stone plaque for future resort employees to unearth on the 200th Anniversary in the year 2114.

Stockton and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine announced a dual degree program to provide students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from Stockton and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from RowanSOM at an accelerated pace.

2015
William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy honored five outstanding New Jerseyans, including Gov. Thomas Kean who accepts Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. February.

Stockton University establishes Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Center which will provide advocacy and outreach to students. March.

President Herman Saatkamp resigns and goes on medical leave. Executive Vice President and Provost Harvey Kesselman was named Acting President by the Board of Trustees. April.

NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner Speaks on Elder Abuse. June.

Stockton Oratorio Society performs at Carnegie Hall in International Choir Festival. June.

Stockton Acting President Harvey Kesselman and his wife Lynne establish new scholarship. August.

Dr. Harvey Kesselman named President of Stockton University. December.

2016
The inaugural class of Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership Program. January.

Stockton completes $23 Million Showboat sale. January.

Stockton University head basketball coach Gerry Matthews collected his 600th career victory making him the winningest coach in New Jersey men's college basketball history. February.

School of Business earns accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. May.

The Noyes Museum of Art becomes part of Stockton University. August

Stockton celebrates its past, present and future at Inauguration of President Harvey Kesselman. September.

Stockton unveils portraits of first four University Presidents at Fifth President Harvey Kesselman’s Inauguration Reception. September.

Artist Manfred Bockelmann donates portraits of area Holocaust Survivors’ siblings to Stockton. October.

2017
Gov. Christie Breaks Ground for Atlantic City Gateway Project with Stockton’s $178M. Campus. April

Stockton Hosts State's First Gubernatorial Primary Debates for Republicans and Democrats in 2017. May.

Stockton celebrates the largest commencement ever in Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. May

Survivors share stories at Yad Vashem Holocaust Summer Workshop. July

Freshman enrollment increases record 32 percent. September.

Stockton and Atlantic Cape Community College announce new transfer partnership. September.

Former Vice President Joe Biden presents the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award to William J. Hughes at Hughes Center Honors. November.

Stockton to offer EOF Program at Atlantic City campus. December.

Ten burses pinned in first Accelerated BSN Program Ceremony. December.

Noyes Foundation donates assets to Stockton Foundation. December.

2018
Stockton at Manahawkin Expands Site, Nursing Options. January.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice promotes service, civility at a special event arranged by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. January.

First Stockton Career Fair in A.C. Attracts Thousands. February.