DateHistorical Event
1911Nancy Ann Donohoo Taylor (Taylor Ranch) stipulates in her will that her assets be sold and one-third of the proceeds be used to found a university in Ventura County. Taylor's three surviving children successfully contest their mother's will; property reverts to Edward, Charles and Alice Taylor Grubb.
1965State Senator Robert J. Lagomarsino co-authors Senate Bill 288 with Assemblyman Burt Hansen, calling for establishment of a four year college in Ventura County.
1965Governor Pat Brown signs a bill authorizing $20,000 for an advance acquisition site study for a state college for Ventura County
1969CSU purchases 425 acres in Simi Valley for future Ventura County University.
1974UC/CSU Ventura Learning Center opens. Joyce M. Kennedy hired on a two-month contract to identify postsecondary educational needs of Ventura County.
1975/6Governor Jerry Brown signs SB 928 authorizing sale of 425 acre Simi Valley site ($3,050,000)
1983Ventura Learning Center changes name to University Center at Ventura.
1985Senator Gary Hart introduces SB 1103 to authorize new site selection study for Ventura County; $250,000 is appropriated for the study. Gov. Deukmejian signs into law.
1986Gov. Deukmejian includes $19 million in proposed budget for the purchase of CSU off campus sites – Ventura and San Diego
1987Governor signs budget; minimumof $7 million allocated for Ventura. New search process commences. Negotiations for Lusk property abandoned.
1988With strong community support, CSU Board of Trustees authorize negotiations for a portion of Taylor Ranch for CSU Academic Center. The jointly administered UCSB/CSUN University at Ventura is dissolved. CSUN Ventura Campus moves to expanded quarters at 2151 Alessandro Dr.,Ventura.
1990Acquisition of the Taylor Ranch site is abandoned after public outcry. CSU establishes 35-member community panel to evaluate alternative campus locations.
1991CSU Board of Trustees authorizes negotiations to acquire a portion of the Duntley-Chaffee property in Camarillo (Central Avenue). (Purchased in 1996 through condemnation.)
1992Congressman Robert J. Lagomarsino chooses Cal State Northridge, Ventura Campus as a repository for documents relating to his career in public service.
1995 (May)Chancellor Barry Munitz speaks at rally to mark acquisition of Camarillo (Central Avenue) site and attends unveiling of sign at Central Avenue and Beardsley marking site of proposed CSU campus.
1996 (Jan.)J. Handel Evans appointed Planning President to assist in the development of the Ventura County campus of CSU.
1996 (Mar.)Passage of statewide school bond (Proposition 203) funnels almost $1 million to Ventura campus (CSUCI) for planning.
1996 (Jul. 10)CSU Trustees approve naming of the 23rd campus – California State University Channel Islands. (A panel of community leaders was formed and submitted the name recommendation of California State University Channel Islands which was then presented to the CSU Board of Trustees for approval.)
1996 (Sep.)CSUCI Foundation formed with first organizational meeting held Sep. 1996 Formal approval of Foundation as a non profit organization confirmed Jul. 1997 First meeting of full Foundation Board members held Feb. 11, 1998
1996 (Jul.-Nov.)Governor Wilson appoints a Task Force of community leaders to recommend re-use of the Camarillo State Hospital facility upon closure of the hospital. The first recommendation of the Task Force was the conversion of the facility into a public university.
1997 (Feb.)CSU Channel Islands Steering Committee was formed and the first meeting held Feb. 25, 1997.
1997 (Jul.)Needs Assessment Analysis finalized – "An Assessment of Higher Education Needs in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties - (NCHEMS report)."
1997 (Sep.)SB 623 (O'Connell) approved – transfer of Camarillo State Hospital property to the California State University.
1997 (Sep.)CSU Board of Trustees delegate to the Chancellor the authority to pursueand accept conveyance of the former site of the Camarillo State Hospital to the CSU subject to certain conditions.
1997 (Sep.)CSU Trustees approve moving the CSU Northridge extension facility to the proposed CSUCI campus.
1997 (Oct.)State approves $607,000 in additional start up funds for CSUCI
1998 (Jan.)CSUCI administration (President Evans and staff of four) moves from the Alessandro Street (Ventura) location to the Administration Building on the former Camarillo State Hospital site. (The facility is in "warm shut-down" from Jul. 1997 to Jun. 1998.)
1998 (Feb.)CSU Channel Islands Academic Advisory Council formed and first meeting held Feb. 4, 1999. (The name was subsequently changed to CSU Channel Islands University Planning Council in Jul. 2000.)
1998 (Jun.)EIR Report "CSU Channel Islands Master Plan" published and public hearings held.
1998 (Jul.)Governor Wilson approves permanent base operating budget for CSUCI of $5.2 mllion.
1998 (Aug.)"Green Campus" concept proposed for CSUCI. Workshop: "Growing a Green Campus" held Jun. 11, 1999.
1998 (Fall)First publication of CSU Channel Islands "Current" newsletter.
1998 (Sep.)Governor Wilson approved SB1923 (Jack O'Connell) establishing the CSUCI Site Authority to facilitate and provide for the financing and support of the transition of the site for use as a campus.
1998 (Sep.)CSU Board of Trustees approves EIR and acquisition and reuse of the (former Camarillo State Hospital) facility as CSU's 23rd campus.
1998 (Oct. 1)Conveyance of former Camarillo State Hospital property to the CSU. Conveyance ceremony celebrating the conveyance of the property by Anne Sheehan, Secretary, State and Consumer Service Agency and Acceptance of conveyance of property on behalf of the California State University by Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
1998 (Nov.)CSU Trustees approve budget including $6.5 million for conversion including $11.3 million for renovation and Phase I conversion for Bell Tower building to ready it for incoming CSUN extension students for fall 1999.
1999 (Jan.)Ventura County and Cal Trans identified funds (approximate total $60 million) for road improvements which will benefit CSUCI including reconstruction of the interchange at Lewis Road and Highway 101 and the widening of Lewis Road from Pleasant Valley to Hueneme Road.
1999 (Feb.)Ventura County Transportation Commission allocates approximately $3.2 million to CSUCI for a range of advanced transportation programs meant to minimize pollution and traffic (i.e., bus shuttle, electric bicycles, bike lanes, fuel efficient vehicles.) These grants will assist in furthering development of the "green" campus.
1999 (Mar.)"Dolphins" adopted as the mascot for CSU Channel Islands upon the recommendation and unanimous vote of CSUN Ventura Campus Associated Students on Feb. 18, 1999.
1999 (Feb.)First meeting of the CSU Channel Islands Site Authority held Feb. 1, 1999.
1999 (May)Portion of CALSTART $1 million federal grant award helps create a network of advanced transportation systems at CSUCI using electric vehicles, shuttle buses and a bicycle lending program to assist in our goal as a green campus.
1999 (May)CSU Board of Trustees approve a resolution directing that a new campus, California State University Channel Islands, be established as a comprehensive university in the California State University system subject to certain conditions being met, i.e., establishment of CSUCI is recommended by CPEC; the Chancellor is assured that all relevant trustee policy requirements have been met; the 2000-2001 budget request for $10 million and the 2001-02 budget request for $3 million for a combined permanent cost of $13 are approved; and senior academic staff are selected and hired.
1999 (Jul.)Initial facility renovation project (Bell tower) of 100,000 gross square feet to accommodate relocation of existing CSUN off campus center completed.
1999 (Jul.)Governor Wilson approves permanent $2 million increase in CSUCI's operating budget.
1999 (Jul.)CSUN at Channel Islands (formerly CSUN Ventura Off Campus / Extension Center) moves to campus in Jul. and students begin fall classes on campus in Bell Tower Building in Aug..
1999 (Sep.)John Spoor Broome donates $5 million for the new CSUCI Library.
1999 (Sep.)CSU Trustees approve naming the John Spoor Broome Library at CSU Channel Islands in recognition of Mr. Broome.
2000 (Mar.)Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) published
2000 (Mar.)Martin V. (Bud) Smith establishes a $5 million endowment to CSUCI for business related studies. Gift includes establishing endowments: $1 million for scholarships for students; $2 million for the betterment of the faculty; $1 million for a chair to study land use; and $1 million at the discretion of the President.
2000 (Apr.)Needs analysis prepared for the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) published, "Planning for a New University in Ventura County," calling for opening of the new university in fall 2002, with first freshman class to arrive in Fall 2003.
2000 (May)CSU Trustees approve naming of the Martin V. Smith Building for Business Studies at CSU Channel Islands in honor of Mr. Smith.
2000 (May 10)CSU Board of Trustees approve the joint powers authority "CSUCI Financing Authority" for financing activities at CSUCI
2000 (Jun.)Opening of President's Garden on CSUCI campus Jun. 4, 2000, to celebrate Founding of President' Circle (200 founding members – tile wall unveiled).
2000 (Jun.)CSU Channel Islands Site Authority approves the Supplemental EIR, the Specific Reuse Plan and the Campus Physical Master Plan
2000 (Jun.)Escrow closed on purchase of 35 acre parcel adjacent to campus from the Operating Engineers Trust for $142,000 made possible through a grant from the Wallis Foundation. This land purchase is in keeping with working toward our goal of a green campus by acquiring more open space.
2000 (Jul.)Governor Davis approves $10 million state budget allocation for fiscal year 2000-2001 for CSUCI, which will enable the hiring of the initial planning faculty.
2000 (Jul. 19)CSU Board of Trustees concurred with the findings in the Final Environmental Impact Report for CSUCI, approved the Specific Reuse Plan (which authorizes building 900 homes on 150 acres on the east campus), and approved the initial Campus Physical Master Plan for development of CSUCI over the next 25 years.
2000 (Sep. 16)The first President's Dinner is held on campus in the North Quad Dining Hall with 500 guests in attendance. The evening's honorees include: John S. Broome, Martin V. Smith and Carolyn Leavens.
2000 (Nov. 3)California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) approval of the establishment of CSU Channel Islands.
2001 (Jan. 8)CSUCI Site authority approves schematics for east campus 900-unit faculty and staff housing complex. First phase of 200 housing units to be completed by Aug. 2002. McLarand, Vasquez, Emsiek and Partners, Inc., Architects.
2001 (Feb.)A $50,000 grant was awarded to CALSTART to assess CSUCI campus transportation needs including parking, shuttle systems on campus, bicycle and scooter utilization alternate fuel technologies, inc.
2001 (Feb.)Land swap bill, Senate Bill 323 co-authored by Sen. Jack O'Connell, Assemblywoman Hannah Beth Jackson and Assembly Speaker Hertzberg introduced. This bill, if approved, will allow 75 acres of land adjacent to the campus to be swapped for 117 acres of land owned by the state along Central Avenue. This property would provide land for a better entrance and roadway to the campus and other planning in university growth.
2001 (Mar. 6)CSU Board of Trustees appointed Richard R. Rush as President of CSU Channel Islands. Dr. Rush will succeed J. Handel Evans who has served as the university president since 1996. Dr. Rush will begin his new duties on Jun. 18, 2001.
2001 (Mar. 21)CSU Board of Trustees approve financing plan for CSU Channel Islands.
2001 (Mar. 25)Grand opening of Robert Lagomarsino Archives Library
2001 (Apr. 27)Tribute dinner held at the Mandalay Beach Resort/Embassy Suites in Oxnard for J. Handel and Carol Evans. Over 450 guests attend with Jack O'Connell as the master of ceremonies.
2001 (Jun. 5)Lord Norman Foster, Foster and Partners Architects, visits campus and unveils plans for John Spoor Broome Library.
2001 (Jun. 18)President Richard R. Rush assumes Presidency of CSUCI.
2001 (Jul. 10-11)CSU Board of Trustees approves schematic design for CSUCI John Spoor Broome Library.
2001 (Aug.-Oct.)First 13 planning faculty members arrive.
2001 (Sep. 26)CSU Board of Trustees approves schematic design for CSUCI Science Building
2001 (Oct. 1)WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) announces eligibility approval for CSUCI.
2001 (Oct. 1)Governor Davis approved SB 323 (O'Connell) Land Swap bill (Chaptered 10-01-01) Central Avenue property for 75+ acres adjacent to campus.
2001 (Oct. 27)Second annual President's Dinner is held in the North Quad Dining Hall with 450 guests in attendance. The evening's honorees include Laura McAvoy, Joyce Kennedy and Jack O'Connell.
2001 (Nov. 18)Martin V. (Bud) Smith, developer and philanthropist dies.
2002 (Mar. 13)CSU Board of Trustees approve CSU Channel Islands Academic Master Plan.
2002 (Mar.)Robert & Norma Lagomarsino announce $1 million gift to the library archives.
2002 (Apr. 19)First presidential inauguration is held for Richard R. Rush on the Bell Tower center lawn with over 1200 guests in attendance. A luncheon reception for over 250 VIP guests is held in the North Quad Dining Hall.
2002 (Aug. 16)Opening ceremonies for the University are held with Governor Gray Davis in attendance. Over 1,000 guests attend the ceremony on the South Quad Lawn. Breakfast reception for over 250 VIP guests is held in the North Quad Dining Hall.
2002 (Aug. 17)Third annual President's Dinner is held in the North Quad Dining Hall with 450 guests in attendance. The evening's honorees include: Robert & Norma Lagomarsino, Patricia Richards, and J. Handel Evans.
2002 (Aug. 24)First official day of classes for the fall semester with approximately 500 transfer students enrolled.
2002 (Nov. 19)Preparatory Review Report is submitted to WASC.
2003 (Jan. 27)First day of spring semester classes.
2003 (Feb. 5-7)First WASC site visit to the campus.
2003 (May 8)Inaugural Honors Convocation Ceremony is held in Conference Hall One with faculty and administration in full regalia.
2003 (May 23)Inaugural CSUCI Commencement Ceremony is held on the South Quad Lawn. Three transfer students are honored as the first to graduate from CSUCI. CSUN-CI students also graduate. Commencement speaker is Debra Farar, Chair of the CSU Trustees. Lagomarsino Award is presented to Carolyn Leavens.
2003 (Aug. 13)Groundbreaking ceremony is held for the first phase of student housing, Anacapa Village.
2003 (Aug. 25)Inaugural freshman class students begin at CSUCI.
2003 (Sep. 5)Grand Opening and dedication for the new Science Building, Aliso Hall.
2003 (Nov. 1)Fourth annual President's Dinner is held at Mandalay Beach Resort with over 400 guests.
2004 (Feb. 2)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2004 (May 7)Second Honors Convocation Ceremony is held in Salon A near South Quad.
2004 (May 29)Second Commencement Ceremony is held with over 5,000 guests in attendance. Commencement Speaker is: Richard West, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer for the CSU.
2004 (Jul. 20)Educational Effectiveness Report is submitted to WASC.
2004 (Aug. 29)First on-campus student housing, Anacapa Village, opens for 450 students.
2004 (Oct. 13-15)Second WASC site visit to the campus.
2004 (Oct. 30)Fifth annual President's Dinner is held at Mandalay Beach Resort with over 400 guests in attendance. Lagomarsino Award is presented to the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.
2004 (Nov. 3)CSUN@CI alumni dedicate a dolphin sculpture by artist Bud Bottoms to The Hub park.
2005 (Jan. 24)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2005 (Jan. 24)Dedication ceremony held for a dolphin fountain and sculpture installed in the Science Hall Plaza. "Aspirations" was designed by Santa Barbara artist Bud Bottoms.
2005 (Feb. 25)Candidate for Accreditation Status granted by WASC.
2005 (May 6)Third Honors Convocation Ceremony held in Salon A near South Quad.
2005 (May 21)Third Commencement Ceremony with over 8,000 guests in attendance. Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction is the Commencement Speaker. First honorary doctorate degrees are presented to: John Spoor Broome, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Robert J. Lagomarsino, Doctor of Laws.
2005 (Aug. 29)First day of classes for the fall semester.
2005 (Oct. 1)Sixth Annual President's Dinner is held at the Mandalay Beach Resort with over 450 guests in attendance. Lagomarsino Award is presented to: Patricia Richards.
2005 (Oct. 7)Groundbreaking ceremony for the John Spoor Broome Library with over 400 guests in attendance.
2005 (Dec. 12)Capacity and Preparatory Report is submitted to WASC.
2006 (Jan. 23)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2006 (Jan. 31)The CSU Board of Trustees authorize naming of the University's first school as the Martin V. Smith of Business & Economics.
2006 (Feb.)Groundbreaking ceremony is held for the second phase of student housing, Santa Cruz Village.
2006 (Mar. 6-8)Third WASC site visit to the campus.
2006 (May 5)Fourth annual Honors Convocation ceremony is held in Salon A near South Quad.
2006 (May 20)Fourth annual Commencement Ceremony is held in the South Quad with author David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize Winner, as the Commencement Speaker. The first group of master's students graduate.
2006 (Jun. 19)First annual CSUCI Dolphin Golf Classic is held at Spanish Hills Country Club and Saticoy Country Club to benefit athletics with over 144 golfers participating.
2006 (Aug. 28)First day of classes for the fall semester.
2006 (Oct. 7)Seventh annual President's Dinner is held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library with over 450 guests in attendance. Lagomarsino Award is presented to Linda Dullam.
2006 (Nov.)Proposition 1D is approved by California voters. CSUCI is allocated $62 million for campus improvement projects.
2006 (Dec. 17)Educational Effectiveness Report is submitted to WASC.
2007 (Jan. 22)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2007 (Mar. 14-16)Fourth WASC site visit to the campus.
2007 (May 4)Fifth annual Honors Convocation Ceremony is held in Salon A near South Quad
2007 (May 17)Fifth annual Commencement Ceremony is held in South Quad with inaugural freshman class graduating. Commencement speakers include members of the inaugural freshman class: Jessica LaRoe, ASI President, and Tamara Gershater.
2007 (Jul. 17)Letter received from WASC notifying the University of initial accreditation being granted for the maximum of seven years, effective May 17, 2007.
2007 (Jul. 26)A time capsule dedication ceremony is held in conjunction with freshman orientation. Various items reflecting the University's history are placed in the capsule which will be encapsulated in the John Spoor Broome Library. Over 200 students, parents, faculty, and staff, witness the dedication.
2007 (Aug. 26)Grand opening ceremony for the second phase of student housing, Santa Cruz Village, opened and able to accommodate 450 freshmen students.
2007 (Aug. 27)First day of classes for the fall semester.
2007 (Sep. 29)Eighth annual President's Dinner is held at the Olivas Adobe Historical Park. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to Dr. Mark Lisagor.
2008 (Jan. 24)Groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making.
2008 (Apr. 4)Grand opening and dedication of the John Spoor Broome Library.
2008 (May 2)Sixth annual Honors Convocation Ceremony is held on the JSB Library Plaza
2008 (May 17)Sixth annual Commencement Ceremony is held in South Quad.
2008 (Aug. 25)First day of classes for the fall semester.
2008 (Oct. 3)Ninth annual President's Dinner is held at the John Spoor Broome Library. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to William Kearney.
2008 (Oct. 11)Land swap adding another 153 acres to the University is completed. A total of 833 acres now comprise the campus.
2009 (Jan. 20)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2009 (Apr. 3)Grand opening of the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making.
2009 (Apr.)360 acres of land adjacent to Calleguas Creek and University Drive, formerly a county park, is transferred to the campus. 1,193 acres now comprise the campus.
2009 (May 1)First Athletic Director, Carl Reed, begins his duties.
2009 (May 1)Honors Convocation Ceremony held at the outdoor plaza of the John Spoor Broome Library.
2009 (Apr. 16)John Spoor Broome passes away at his home, Rancho Guadalasca.
2009 (May 16)Seventh commencement ceremony held in the South Quad
2009 AugustNew formal and spirit logos launched for the University.
2009 (Aug. 24)First day of classes for the fall semester.
2009 (Aug. 31)Fourth annual Dolphin Classic golf tournament, Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club.
2009 (Oct. 3)Tenth annual President's Dinner is held in the North Quad of the campus. The Lagomarsino Award is presented to Wayne Davey.
2010 (Jan. 25)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2010 (Feb. 26)Campus Reading Celebration with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus. Launch of the California Institute for Social Business; first Yunus Social Innovation Medal awarded to Steven Hilton.
2010 (Mar. 18)Grand opening and dedication of the new Student Union.
2010 (Apr. 30)

Honors Convocation Ceremony held at the outdoor plaza of the John Spoor Broome Library.

Designation by the U.S. Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution.

2010 (May 15)Eighth commencement ceremony held in the South Quad. Inaugural Nursing class graduates.
2010 (Jun. 7)Women's soccer announced as the first sport team as part of Athletics roll-out.
2010 (Jul. 9)Announcement of partnership agreement with Cottage Health System for Nursing program in Santa Barbara. Cottage will support with $6 million over 10 years.
2010 (Jul. 26)Named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
2010 (Aug. 30)

First day of classes for the fall semester.

2010 (Sept. 1)$1.1 million grant received for Student Support Services
2010 (Oct. 11)Ground breaking ceremony for North Hall.
2010 (Oct. 23)Eleventh annual President's Dinner held at the Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Resort.  The Lagomarsino Award is presented to Mark Hartley.
2010 (Oct. 29)CI receives $6 million U.S. Department of Education HSI Grants for Project Islas and Project Vista
2010 (Nov. 16)Launch of the Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce & Community Studies.
2010 (Nov. 19)Ground breaking ceremony for new entrance road to University.
2011 (Jan. 22)First day of classes for the spring semester.
2011 (Mar. 17)Launch of the Institute for Global Economic Research.
2011 (May 21)Ninth commencement ceremony is held in the South Quad.
2011 (Jun. 6)Named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Second Consecutive Year
2011 (Jul. 25)Named a Great College to Work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education for a second consecutive year.
2011 (Jul. 27)Sustainability Efforts earn a Silver Rating from STARS
2011 (Aug. 8)Awarded $1.86 million Stem Cell Research Training Grant
2011 (Sep. 2)Awarded NASA Grant to Teach Climate Science in Local High Schools
2011 (Oct. 2)Twelfth Annual President's Dinner held with Lagomarsino Award presented to the Martin V. & Martha K. Smith Foundation and Smith Family
2011 (Oct. 5)Awarded $6 million Federal Grant to Encourage Science and Math Graduates
2011 (Oct. 12)Named a Military Friendly School
2012 (Mar. 29)CI and Cottage Hospital Launch Santa Barbara County's First Bachelor Degrees in Nursing
2012 (May 11)Dedication of new entrance road (University Drive)
2012 (May 19)10th Commencement ceremony held in South Quad.  Honorary Doctorate Degrees presented to Hank Lacayo and Kathy Ireland
2012 (Jun. 5)Partnership with Santa Barbara City College brings new bachelor's and MBA programs to Santa Barbara
2012 (Aug.)CI Celebrates 10th Anniversary Milestone