April 18, 2012

July 18, 2005: Judith A. Ramaley appointed WSU’s fourteenth president

October 2005: WSU designated as lead institution for HealthForce Minnesota, a MnSCU Center of Excellence

April 7, 2006: Launches “Learning for the 21st Century” initiative during inauguration address

May 2007: Signs ACUP Climate Commitment to work towards climate neutrality by 2050

September 19, 2008: Kicks off yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, along with the university’s first capital campaign, Light the Way

January 1, 2009: Campuses become tobacco-free, a visible step in enhancing community health and well-being

May 8, 2009: Awards university’s first doctoral degree, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice

December 1, 2009: Bush Foundation grants WSU $4.04 million to transform teacher education in the region, the largest award in university history

September 17, 2010: Dedicates Integrated Wellness Complex, one of three Light the Way campaign initiatives

May 2011: Leads institution through two years of deep state budget deficits, avoiding significant program cuts and employee layoffs

August 2011: Completes restructuring of University Studies curricula to facilitate common standards for undergraduate and transfer students

August 15, 2011: Announces she will step down as president at conclusion of academic year

April 2012: Light the Way exceeds $10 million goal; WSU earns re-accreditation by Higher Learning Commission

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