History of the WSU Vancouver Campus

Students talking at the Firstenburg Family Fountain

Celebrate 25An abbreviated history of WSU Vancouver.

2014

WSU Vancouver celebrates its 25th anniversary.

2012

Emile "Mel" Netzhammer joined WSU Vancouver as its second Chancellor.

2011

Founding Chancellor Hal Dengerink retired, was bestowed with the title Chancellor Emeritus and the Administration building was renamed the Dengerink Administration building in his honor.

2009

WSU Vancouver celebrated its 20th anniversary.

2007

WSU Vancouver held a groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction on the Firstenburg Student Commons and construction began on the Undergraduate Classroom building.

2006

WSU Vancouver welcomed its first freshman class.

2004

WSU Vancouver established its first independent school—the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

2001-2002

WSU Vancouver expanded greatly with the opening of the Engineering Life Science and Multimedia Classroom buildings.

1997

WSU Vancouver held its first commencement for students who attended school at the Salmon Creek campus.

1994

The WSU Vancouver campus celebrated its groundbreaking and was dedicated on June 28, 1996.

1991

The Salmon Creek site was purchased for $5.5 million as the permanent home for WSU Vancouver.

1990

The first WSU Vancouver commencement sent 38 graduates into the world with their freshly earned degrees.

1989

WSU formally established Washington State University Vancouver as a branch campus of the state's land-grant institution and held it's classes in Bauer Hall on the Clark College campus.