Wofford Chronology 2000- 2015
1, 2000— Benjamin Bernard Dunlap becomes the 10th president of
Wofford College following the retirement of Joab M. Lesesne Jr.
24, 2001- In impressive ceremonies, President Dunlap is inaugurated and the
Roger Milliken Science Center is formally opened
6, 2001- The 150th anniversary of laying the Main Building
cornerstone is celebrated at Homecoming. In November, the restored Meneely college bell rings to
commemorate Founder’s Day.
The National Science Foundation awards a grant to Dr. Angela Shiflet, Dr.
George Shiflet and others to develop a pioneering program in Computational
Professors Ellen Goldey and John Lane ’77 develop a distinctive first-year
learning community to study “the Nature and Culture of Water.” Learning
communities have since matured and flourished at Wofford. In November 2003, the
college hosted an important “Learning Communities Open House” for
representatives from colleges and universities across the country.
24, 2001- Dr. Ted Monroe is elected president of the Southern Conference for
2001-2002. Monroe serves 13 years as Wofford faculty athletics representative
before stepping down in 2006. Dr. Jameica Hill ’88 is his successor.
11, 2001- Terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and
commercial airliners kill hundreds of Americans, including James A. Trentini
’59 and his wife. The Rev.
Lyndon Harris ’83 is recognized for his heroic leadership at St. Paul’s Chapel,
Trinity Episcopal Parish, near Ground Zero.
9, 2001— The college establishes a new President’s Advisory Board, which holds
its inaugural meeting on the campus and hears a presentation from Dr. Robert
Remini, a former Lewis Jones visiting professor of history.
13, 2001—Danny Morrison ’75 leaves Wofford to become Commissioner of the
Southern Conference; Dr. David Wood is promoted to senior vice president and
assumes his duties.
2002— After renovation, the first floor in the Burwell Building reopens, providing
impressive dining, seminar and conference spaces.
7, 2002— Drawings begin for prizes in the South Carolina Education Lottery,
which partially funds Palmetto Fellows and LIFE merit scholarships.
2002— Liz Scarborough’s Tangle is
chosen as the 2002 Benjamin Wofford Prize student novella. She also is selected
as one of 12 winners in the annual 2003 South Carolina Fiction Project. After
graduation, she serves in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde, West Africa.
2002—Student Body President Ben Foster ’02, a star on the football team, wins
the Arthur Ashe Award and is featured in Black
Issues in Higher Education magazine.
Jenny Nett ’02 is the SoCon Player of the Year in women’s basketball.
19, 2002— John H. Waller Jr. ’59, E.C. Burnett III ’64, and Costa M. Pleicones
’65 receive honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at commencement. For several years,
three of the five Justices of the South Carolina Supreme Court are Wofford
2002— An orientation innovation, “The Novel Experience” gives first-year
students a chance to enjoy Spartanburg restaurants as well as interact with a
contemporary author. The first book in the series is “Middle Passage,” by
25, 2002— Preceding a game between Wofford and the University of Maryland, The New York Times publishes a favorable
feature story on Terrier football, written by Joe Drape.
15, 2002— Wofford opens its campus-wide arboretum, later named to honor Trustee
Roger Milliken. Over the decade
from 1992-2002, more than 4,500 “noble trees” are planted on the campus.
2002 — The Terriers wrap up a 9-3 football season and are ranked number 13 in
the final ESPN/USA Today poll.
J.R. McNair ’04 is named to the American Football Coaches Association
“Good Works” team.
2002 — Based on outstanding scores on the National Survey of Student Engagement
(NSSE), Wofford is chosen to participate in Project DEEP, a national study of
effective ways to enhance student learning.
2002— Dr. Ellen Goldey is named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the United
Methodist Higher Education Foundation.
2003— Replacing the retiring Dr. Talmage Skinner ’56, Dr. Ron Robinson ’78
becomes Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion.
2003— Wofford begins offering a major in theatre, and Dr. Mark Ferguson ’94
joins the faculty to head the program.
2003— At Homecoming, Theatre Workshop alumni honor the recently retired Dr.
J.R. Gross with the dedication of Cascading Steps on Liberty Trail. A project of special interest to Trustee
Roger Milliken, the Liberty Trail is called by one architect, “one of the best
examples of environmental sculpture in the past decade.”
21, 2003— The Watson-Brown Foundation provides $1.4 million for the renewal of
Leonard Auditorium, the keystone of the restoration project for “Old
Main.” Work inside Andrews Field
House includes the Anna Todd Wofford Center, providing an attractive new center
for sorority life.
15, 2003— Wofford edges Furman 7-6 to close out a perfect 8-0 Southern
Conference football campaign. The Terriers go on to win two playoff games to
reach the national semifinals. Senior Safety Matt Nelson ’04 is named the SoCon
Male Athlete of the Year for 2003-2004, and Mike Ayers wins the annual Eddie
Robinson Award, which goes to the outstanding head coach in NCAA Division I-AA.
2003— Jimmy and Marsha Gibbs of Spartanburg make a gift of $1.4 million to
launch Wofford’s Success Initiative. The program provides scholarship aid for
students who participate in exploratory learning and experiences based on
critical thinking, communications, creativity and strategic analysis.
2004— Recognizing Wofford’s advanced Spanish with community-based learning project,
the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education honors Wofford and Dr. Laura
Barbas Rhoden with a 2003-2004 Service Learning Award.
2004— Having received a Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE)
Student Recognition Award for study and work on the Pak Moon Village in
Thailand, Allyn Steele ’05 is named to the USA
Today College Academic Team, (second team) designating him as one of the 60
top college seniors across the country. (Kris Neely ’02 and Allison Gibson ’03
previously had been honorable mention USA Team selections.)
7, 2004— Wofford plays the University of South Carolina in the opening game on
Russell C. King Field. Switzer Stadium also is a key to bringing college
baseball back to the campus.
16, 2004— The “Reeves Challenge” is successfully met, raising $3 million
for new endowed professorships.
The initial commitment of $1 came from the Reeves Foundation of Summit,
2004— The Liberty Corporation, Wofford College and the Aspen Institute launch
the Liberty Fellowship program to empower state and national leaders to reach
their full potential. Wofford
begins hosting Liberty Fellowship seminars on Oct. 6-10, 2005.
2004— At Commencement, Dr. Ellen Goldey is the first recipient of the new Roger
Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science. In 2005, a second award for teaching excellence
in the humanities is established in honor of the late Dean of the College
Philip S. Covington. The first
recipient is Dr. Nancy Mandlove.
2004— Kris Roof ’06 is elected as one of five board members of the United
Methodist Church’s Division on Ministries with Young People. He continues to
work in the field of youth ministry after graduation from the Duke Divinity
Thanks to the generosity of Trustee Grant Peacock and the Peacock Family
Foundation, Wofford is able to offer courses in Chinese, the first step toward
offering a major. Dr. Li Qing Kennison comes to Wofford from Colby College to
organize the program.
Dec. 18, 2004 — For the first time, Wofford hosts the Shrine Bowl of the
Carolinas at Gibbs Stadium.
2004— At opening convocation, President Dunlap announces the creation of the
John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities. Members of the Wofford
professor’s family provided $2.5 million for this memorial tribute to an
outstanding teacher and alumnus. The first Cobb Professors, Michael Curtis and
Elizabeth Cox, join the faculty in the fall of 2005.
2005— The new “Ben Wofford Bookstore” opens, and renovations in the Campus Life
Building create an exciting new student gathering place, “the Commons,” and an
upgraded “Zach’s” for casual dining.
2005— Wofford is featured in “Student Success in College: Creating Conditions
that Matter” by George D. Kuh, et. al.
Representing an important analysis of how 21st century
college students experience “engaged learning,” the book is the formal
benchmarking report of Project DEEP. A revised edition of this text is due out
2005— The College Bowl team, coached by Dr. Natalie Grinnell and Dr. Mark
Byrnes, represents Region 5 in the annual national tournament in Seattle,
Wash. Wofford’s team captain,
Benjamin Ingram ’05, is one of eight members of the all-tournament team and
takes home the Pat Moonen Sportsperson Award.
2005—The Corella and Bertram Bonner Foundation of Princeton, N.J., gives $4.5
million to make Wofford one of only 14 campuses where the Bonner Scholars
program is permanently endowed. Bonner has operated at Wofford since 1991,
giving students an opportunity to “learn to serve while serving to learn.”
2005— A new residence hall that features suite-style housing opens on Evins
Street and is named to honor President Emeritus Joab M. Lesesne Jr. It is located adjacent to Wightman
Hall, which opened in 1999.
2005— Wofford launches the public phase of a $105 million fund-raising campaign
for endowment, programs and facilities, scheduled to conclude by Oct. 31, 2009.
Jerry Richardson ’59 chairs the campaign, with Hugh Lane and Harold Chandler
’71 serving as co-chairs.
2005- January 2006— With financial support from the Watson-Brown Foundation,
Professors Deno Trakas and John Lane co-teach a course and a Interim project on
regional writing and cuisine, “From Cornbread to Sushi.” The students’ work
becomes the basis for permanent video archives and an exceptional printed
anthology, published by Holocene Press (1906).
2006— Robert Merting ’06 and Jonathan Puryear ’07 make a presentation to the
annual Austrian Scholars Conference at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. The program was based on their work on
the oil industry during the January Interim.
20, 2006— Marian Wright Edleman speaks at a special convocation as she receives
the college’s first Sandor Teszler Award for Moral Courage and Service to
2006— For the first time in the 22-year history of the program, President
Dunlap names two Presidential International Scholars, Ivy Farr ’08 and Elise
Boos ’08. This award for a year of travel and study of a global topic goes to
the rising senior who is “the singular student best fitted to benefit humankind.”
2006— An impressive outdoor pavilion on the northwest side of the campus opens
with an event honoring the senior class of 2006.
2006 — Thomas Pierce ’06 is one of three recent college graduates to receive a
National Public Radio Kroc Fellowship. He goes on to become a full-time
producer for NPR, based in Washington but with worldwide responsibilities.
2006— Associate Dean of Students Beth Wallace ’82 receives the annual Bob E.
Leach Award for Outstanding Service to Students, presented by Region III of the
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
2006— Part of a consortium with Converse, Agnes Scott and UNC-Asheville,
Wofford is chosen by the New York-based Teagle Foundation to develop a model
for what 21st century liberal arts colleges are actually achieving
in terms of student learning.
2006— Thanks to a grant from the Fullerton Foundation, Wofford faculty and 21
students spend the summer doing research as members of a “Community of
Scholars.” Vanessa Lauber ’08
presents her summer research on women writers at the National Conference on
Undergraduate Research in April 2007, and other students publish articles and
made presentations throughout the year.
2006— Reflecting the vision and dedication of Trustee Michael S. Brown ’76 to
creating a richer student life experience at Wofford, Phase I of “The Village”
opens. Phase II follows in 2007;
phase III in 2008; and phase IV in 2009.
Altogether, the complex has 400 beds, providing housing for the entire
senior class. Featuring a Charleston-style architectural scheme, a redesigned
streetscape along Evins Street, and many features of the “new urban” lifestyle,
Wofford’s concept for apartment-style housing is an award-winning success. Brown also initiates the “Fun Fund” to
create a lively social environment for all students.
2006 — Stewart Mungo ’74 and Steven Mungo ’81 of Columbia announce a $1.9
million gift to the college for several endowed funds.
5, 2007— A new golf training center for men and women opens in Andrews Field
19, 2007— With all phases of a three-year, $8 million interior renovation
program completed, the college community participates in a joyous reopening
celebration for Main Building. The college commissions South Carolina native
Nikky Finney to write a poetic tribute to the enslaved builders of “Old Main”
that becomes the centerpiece of a memorial in the east tower.
March 2007—President Dunlap shares
the story of Sandor Teszler, the Hungarian Holocaust survivor who taught him
about passionate living and lifelong learning, at the annual TED (Technology,
Entertainment, Design) Conference in Monterey, Calif. Thousands of people around the world
watch as the video goes viral on the World Wide Web. Dunlap’s article based on
that speech, “The Story of a
Passionate Life,” is published in the February 2009 edition of Reader’s Digest.
2007— The Wofford baseball team sweeps five consecutive games in the Southern
Conference tournament to claim the championship and advance to the NCAA
Regionals. Terrier third baseman Brandon Waring ’08 is the conference tournament’s
Most Valuable Player.
12-15, 2007— More than 400 visitors from across the United States participate
in the biannual conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and
the Environment (ASLE) on the Wofford campus. Over the course of the year,
Wofford also hosts meetings of the American Association of Teachers of German,
the Southeastern Medieval Association, and the Revolutionary War Cavalry
2007— Dr. James E. Proctor ’67 is named the first Reeves Family Professor in
Finance, and Dr. Dennis Wiseman is appointed as Reeves Family Professor in
2007— For the first time, Wofford offers an exciting new summer residential
experience for high school students, “Shared Worlds.”
27, 2007— The founder of Partners in Health, Dr. Paul Farmer, inspires the
campus community as he visits with faculty and students and accepts the Sandor
2007— Dr. David Wood becomes the new Dean of the College, as Dr. Dan Maultsby
’61 retires after serving in that post for 27 years. Robert L. Keasler is named
senior vice president for internal operations.
3, 2007— Young alumni honor retired vice president Larry T. McGehee by creating
a book fund in his honor.
24, 2007—The Terriers defeat the Montana Grizzlies 23-22 in a memorably frigid
playoff game to advance to the NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals. Coach Mike
Ayers completes his 20th season as head coach with an 8-3 overall
record and a share of the SoCon football championship.
2007— Laura and Winston Hoy establish a new endowed professorship in the
Department of English, to be filled by a scholar in Southern literature and
culture. Dr. Deno Trakas is the
first faculty member to hold this position.
19, 2008— Trustee D. Michael James ’73 establishes an endowed professorship in
finance. He also supports the James Fund, an organization that offers students real-life investment experience
by managing a stock portfolio. James serves on the investment advisory committee of the board and
has been a generous contributor to academic program and scholarship funds.
2008— Wofford acquires the former Cumming Street School building and adjacent
administrative complex from Spartanburg County School District 7. During the
following summer months, the physical plant office relocates into these
2008— Tramaine Brown ’10 is selected for summer program of the National
Institute for Inspired Leadership at Georgetown University. He is also honored with a regional
Jefferson Award for his work with the Math Academy at Spartanburg’s Cleveland
1, 2008— Dr. Ellen Goldey is elected as a 2008-2009 SENCER Leadership Fellow by
the National Center for Science and Civic Education.
2008— Renovations inside the Richardson Physical Activities Building create an
appealing new look and more space for student activities.
2008 — Panic in financial markets and a sharp decline in equity values signal
the beginning of a prolonged recession that affects all aspects of college
administration and finance.
11, 2008— At Homecoming, retired Vice Presidents Dr. Dan Maultsby and Dr. Larry
McGehee, are recognized as two housing units in the Wofford village are named
in their honor.
31, 2008— Having surpassed its $105 million goal, the Campaign for Wofford ends
a year early. The final accounting reflects funding for 142 new scholarships
and 11 new professorships as well as more than $15 million for new facilities.
2009 — In keeping with its commitment as a signatory to the Presidents Climate
Commitment, on-going Wofford building projects in 2009 reflect an emphasis on
sustainability. New facilities that open during the year include a greenhouse
funded in part with a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation as well as
the Joe E. Taylor Athletic Center with its Brittain Plaza gateway and 7,000-
square foot weight training area. Thanks to a gift from the Montgomery Family,
Wofford is able to announce plans to convert the former Baptist Collegiate
Ministry into a music building.
2009— 13 members of the faculty and staff participate in the first Milliken
Faculty Development Seminar Abroad, spending two weeks in Argentina studying a
curriculum developed in partnership with the Institute for International
Education of Students. In January
2010, the second seminar in the series takes 20 faculty and staff members to
9, 2009 — Wofford edges the University of Michigan and the University of
Florida to claim the top place in the nationwide ONE campus challenge. ONE is a program designed to enlist
college students in the effort to reduce world poverty and preventable disease.
Tomas Moreno, president of ONE at Wofford, is selected for a summer study
and research trip to Kenya.
2009 —Professor Philip Swicegood is named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar. He is
scheduled to spend the spring 2010 semester teaching and doing collaborative
research at the University of Split in Croatia. Claudia Winkler ’08, John Wood
’08 and Jessica Miller ’09 each receive another type of Fulbright grant to
teach English to German students.
2009 — Wofford launches a major program in environmental studies with Dr. Kaye
Savage as director. It offers a
distinctive combination of studies in science, social sciences and the
humanities. Classes begin at the new Environmental Studies Center at Glendale
Shoals, and the first visiting speakers in the Santee Cooper Lecture Series on
Sustainability and Energy come to the campus.
2009— In just its second year under Coach Ralph Polson, the men’s soccer team
wins the regular season Southern Conference championship with a 5-1-1 record
and goes on to sweep the four-team conference tournament. The Terriers are eliminated from the
post-season national playoffs in a tough 1-0 loss at the University of
2009— Coach Mike Ayers is featured in a two-page essay in a U.S. News & World Report special
issue saluting outstanding leaders.
Alex Kingsbury, associate editor, wrote the article titled, “Graduations
First, Trophies Second.”
19, 2009— The Carnegie
Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and
Support of Education recognize Dr. Angela Shiflet as the 2009 South Carolina
Professor of the Year. Along with 37 other state honorees, she is honored at a
ceremony and dinner in Washington.
March 2010 — Wofford’s men’s basketball team wins both the Southern Conference regular season and tournament championships and takes on Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Those “firsts” become “seconds” a year later.
November 2011 — Van Hipp ’82 works diligently behind the scenes to bring the 2011 South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate to Wofford.
May 2012 — Dedication ceremonies are held for the Montgomery Music Building, which houses both choral and instrumental programs.
May 2012 — Dr. Dunlap announces that he will retire as president on July 1, 2013.
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