History of USA
"University of South Alabama is a public institution that was founded in 1963 and is dedicated to offering high-quality programs of teaching, research, public service, and health care."
May 3, 1963
USA founded by an act of the Alabama Legislature.
First meeting of the USA Board of Trustees; Dr. Frederick P. Whiddon named president.
The University moved from 154 St. Louis Street to its present location in west Mobile.
First classes began; initial enrollment totaled 276 students.
Gov. George C. Wallace dedicates the University of South Alabama campus.
The jaguar was adopted as the University's mascot.
Ground-breaking for Alpha Dorms, the University's first residence hall complex.
Eighty-eight baccalaureate degrees were conferred at the first commencement.
The University was admitted membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
The University acquired the 327-acre Brookley Conference Center.
A resolution of the Alabama Legislature supported establishment of a medical school under the auspices of the University of South Alabama.
Mobile General Hospital was transferred to the University.
Dr. Robert M. Bucher named first dean of the College of Medicine.
The charter class of 25 students entered the College of Medicine.
Mobile General Hospital was renamed University of South Alabama Medical Center.
The University became a charter member of the Sun Belt Athletic Conference.
The University's first Ph.D. program —in Basic Medical Sciences— was initiated.
The USA Children's and Women's Hospital was established.
The University of South Alabama Baldwin County branch was established.
The former Providence Hospital was acquired by the University to house programs of the colleges of Allied Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing.
The University acquired Doctors Hospital and Knollwood Park Hospital.
Dedication of the Frederick Palmer Whiddon Administration Building.
Dr. Frederick Whiddon retires as USA's only president in its 35-year history.
V. Gordon Moulton named University President.
Dedication of the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center.
Naming of the Mitchell College of Business, recognizing endowments of faculty chairs and scholarships by the Mitchell family of Mobile.
Dedication of the USA Children's Park, a 16-acre park at USA Children's and Women's Hospital displaying bronze sculptures celebrating children and families.
Refurbishment of Alumni Hall completed following more than $40,000 in contributions from the Toulmin family and the USA Alumni Association.
Establishment of the USA Cancer Research Institute, later re-named the Mitchell Cancer Institute.
Creation of the University Research and Technology Park Corporation.
The University awarded it 50,000th degree at Fall Commencement.
Dedication of the 53,000-square-foot addition to the University Library.
Dedication of the new 16-acre Intramural Athletics Complex and Field House.
Dedication of the Mentor Graphics Corporation Building, the first building in the USA Technology and Research Park.
Dedication of the Larry D. Striplin III Basketball Practice Facility.
Completion of a second building in the USA Technology and Research Park.
Implementation of a new $6.2 million campus transportation system, Jag Tran.
Groundbreaking ceremony held for USA's cancer institute, which was later named the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.
Dedication of Stanky Field, following a $3.8 million renovation.
USA and Infirmary Health System announce a strategic health care alliance to enhance health care in the region and provide innovative cancer treatment and research through the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.
Launching of the University's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign.
The USA Cancer Research Institute is renamed the Mitchell Cancer Institute following a $22 million gift in support of the Institute from the Mitchell family of Mobile.
Infirmary Health System assumes operation of former USA Knollwood Hospital as Infirmary West at Knollwood.
Dedication of Meisler Hall, an $8 million student services building named in honor of the Meisler family of Mobile, who donated $2 million to endow the facility.
Dedication of the $2.2 million Alfred and Lucile Delchamps Archaeology Building, which serves as a public museum of ancient artifacts and a teaching and research center as home of the USA Center for Archaeological Studies. The building was created in part through the generosity of the Delchamps family of Mobile.
A joint pharmacy program between USA and Auburn University was established, with plans to admit the first class of students in fall 2007. Graduates of the pharmacy program in Mobile receive a degree from the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy at the University of South Alabama.
Dedication of the Joseph and Rebecca Mitchell Learning Resource Center at the Mitchell College of Business, a $2.5 million facility that significantly improves the learning environment for USA business students.
The natural connections among Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health Professions were acknowledged through a new cooperative administrative structure under the guidance of the first Vice President for Health Sciences, Dr. Ron Franks.
The University names its first vice president for health systems, Stan Hammack, who will oversee the clinical operations of USA’s health system, including its hospitals and physician practice.
Began construction of the new $45 million Health Sciences Building, which will bring the colleges of Allied Health Professions and Nursing back to USA’s main campus.
Hired first Vice President for Research, Dr. Russ Lea, symbolizing USA’s ever-expanding programs in research, outreach and scholarly activity.
Opening of a privately funded student apartment complex, The Grove, which by fall 2008 housed 1,000 students.
Celebrated the grand opening of the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy at the University of South Alabama and welcomed its inaugural class of students.
USA students presented a petition to President Moulton in support of football and marching band programs during half-time at a Jaguar Men’s Basketball game.
USA Trustees approve NCAA-sanctioned football and marching band programs.
The historic number of degrees awarded by the University topped 60,000.
USA hired its first football coach, Joey Jones.
Public groundbreaking held during Homecoming for USA Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.
Plans for USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital expansion approved by USA Board of Trustees.
Public groundbreaking ceremony held for new state-of-the-art, 116,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center.
USA officially begins new marching band program with announcement of band’s first director, Ward Miller.
USA unveils new athletic and marching band logo.
Dedication of the new USA Mitchell Cancer Institute building, which represents a total investment of more than $135 million, including $75 million in construction and equipment.
Conclusion of the University's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, which resulted in more than $93.5 million for USA programs, faculty, students and construction.
Launched inaugural season of USA’s football and marching band programs.
Dedication of the Health Sciences Building, new home of the colleges of Allied Health Professions and Nursing.
Groundbreaking ceremony for Shelby Hall Engineering and Computing Sciences Building.
Dedication of the Football Field House and practice fields.
Dedication of Veterans Memorial Plaza, which is dedicated to the students, alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Completion of the new USA Jaguar Marching Band drill tower and pavilion.
First classes held in the new glass arts building, a 5,000-square-foot facility in the Visual Arts complex.
Dedication of the new state-of-the-art, 116,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center.
Dedication of Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.
Groundbreaking on USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital expansion.
Opening of a new 20,000-square-foot dining hall near residence halls.
Opening of Stokes Hall, a 330-bed residence hall that includes the
University’s first Faculty in Residence and incorporates the concept of
September 9, 2012
Dedication of Shelby Hall, home of College of Engineering and School of Computing.
May 3, 2013
50th Anniversary of USA’s founding.