FAU Timeline

1964 — U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke at FAU’s dedication.

1965 — FAU is the first U.S. university to offer an undergraduate degree in Ocean engineering.

1967 — FAU won its first athletic championship with its water-skiing team.

1970 — A memorial service is held on the lawn between the Administration Building and the Breezeway for four students slain at Kent State University during an anti-war demonstration.

1971 — FAU expands to Broward County with creation of the Commercial Boulevard campus in northern Fort Lauderdale.

1972 — The University Center, a hub of student life, opens.

1982 — The Lullis and Rolland Ritter Art Gallery opens.

1986 — Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee becomes the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Performing Arts.

1989 — The University reaches $10 million in sponsored research activity.

1992 — Former Massachusetts Governor and Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis joins the FAU faculty as a visiting professor of political science.

1998 — The UP is shut down by Student Government.

1999 — Howard Schnellenberger, a legendary figure in college and pro football, is named FAU’s first head football coach. FAU’s first football season would begin two years later.

2004 — Frank Brogan, former Florida Lieutenant Governor, is inaugurated as FAU’s fifth president.