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UT Tyler 40th Anniversary

1970s Growth

First TSC Graduation

1971

  • Texas Legislature approves bill to create Tyler State College, first state university in 14-county East Texas Planning Region.
  • First Board of Regents for Tyler State College appointed; Harold J. McKenzie, chairman of the board.

1972

  • Dr. James H. Stewart becomes first employee and founding president of Tyler State College on September 1.

1973

  • First class of 176 students enrolls.

1974

  • First commencement ceremony held.
  • Tyler philanthropists James S. Hudnall, George W. Pirtle and Isadore Roosth donate land for 204-acre campus.
  • Small Business Institute created.

1975

  • Tyler State College becomes Texas Eastern University by action of 64th Texas Legislature. Bill sponsored by State Sen. Peyton McKnight and State Rep. Bill Clark; signed by Gov. Dolph Briscoe.
  • First master’s degrees awarded.

1976

  • First classes held on new $42 million, nationally-recognized campus.

1979

  • University becomes component of UT System by action of 66th Texas Legislature. Bill sponsored by State Sen. Peyton McKnight and State Rep. Bill Clark; signed by Gov. William P. Clements Jr.
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