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History

  • 1820 Indiana University is founded in Bloomington
  • 1932 Kokomo Junior College begins offering a basic, two-year colligate program
  • 1945 Indiana University establishes an extension center in the former Kokomo Junior College building at 508 West Taylor Street. Dr. Virgil Hunt served as the first director
  • 1947 Due to soaring enrollment at the West Taylor Street location, the university purchases the Seiberling-Kingston mansion at 1200 West Sycamore as an expansion to their facilities
  • 1956 Dr. Smith Higgins takes over as IU Kokomo director
  • 1959 Dr. Victor M. Bogle becomes the new director
  • 1965 IU Kokomo moves to the new campus built on the 57-acre South Washington Street site
  • 1967 IU Kokomo begins offering an Associate of Science in Nursing
  • 1970 Associate degrees in nursing and radiological technology as well as bachelor's degrees in education were awarded at IU Kokomo's first commencement
  • 1980 Dr. Hugh L. Thompson becomes the chancellor
  • 1980 The East Building opens
  • 1985 The Observatory, which includes a 96-seat lecture hall opens
  • 1989 Kelley Student Center is completed. The building, and the attached classroom wing, contains offices, classrooms, student lounges, a cafeteria, a child care center, and a campus bookstore
  • 1990 Dr. Emita B. Hill becomes chancellor
  • 1995 The new library opens in January. The new building includes the 200-seat Kresge Auditorium and the Art Gallery. The Library Building is connected to Kelley Student Center by Alumni Hall
  • 2001 Hunt Hall, a state-of-the-art science facility, opens, offering classrooms, laboratories, administrative and faculty offices
  • 2010 The Fine Arts Building, once a U.S. Post Office, is renamed. This facility includes classroom and studio space
  • 2011 Intercollegiate athletics launched with men’s basketball and women’s volleyball
    11 new degree programs are launched
    Nursing Simulation Lab opened in East Building
  • 2012 IUK becomes member of the NAIA and adds men’s and women’s cross country

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