• In a letter to family back east, Sarah C. Miles writes, “A branch of the Michigan University at Ann Arbor is to be established in Flint at some future day.”

  • The Beginning

    May 1944 – Flint Board of Education requests that a University of Michigan extension office open in Flint.

    June 1944 – Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the GI Bill into law. Vets returning after World War II increased demand for higher education in Mid-Michigan, a major factor for the establishment of a branch of the University of Michigan in Flint.

    February 1947 – Regents approve a higher education needs assessment for Flint.

    1949 – UM Social Science professors, Arthur E. Lean & Franklin Killian, complete assessment and recommend a liberal arts college for Flint.

  • June – At his 75th birthday celebration, C.S. Mott offers $1 million for a four-year college in Flint.

  • February – Committee of Flint citizens makes request to regents for the establishment of a four-year college in Flint.

  • January – U-M President Harlen H. Hatcher reports to the regents that he has named a committee to study the Flint College proposal.

    1952 – 1954 – U-M Flint college committee and the Flint Board of Education debate whether the U-M Flint College should be a four-year liberal arts college or a two-year senior college.

  • January – Governor Williams signs a $37,000 appropriation bill to cover preliminary expenses for the college. The Mott Foundation provides $1.2 million. Harlan Hatcher, Everett Cummings and C.S. Mott break ground for the new building.

    – U-M President Hatcher and the regents accept the two-year senior college proposal.

  • February – David M. French is named first dean of the Flint College of the University of Michigan.

    June – Patricia R. Mudge, valedictorian at Northern High School, and Edwin H. Gullekson, Jr. valedictorian at Central High School, are the first students to receive letters of acceptance.

    – 14 full-time and four part-time instructors are hired to teach 28 courses in 13 subject areas.

    September 23, 1956 – First day of school for the 167-student pioneering class. Three programs are available: business administration, teaching and liberal arts and sciences.

  • Mott Memorial Building

    October – Mott Memorial Building (located on the Mott College campus on Court Street) is dedicated and opened.

  • June – 76 seniors from the first graduate class.

  • March – C.S. Mott donates a second gift of $1 million for the construction of a new library.

  • Students studying in the Charles Stewart Mott Library.

    October – The Charles Stewart Mott Library is dedicated. It jointly housed the collections of the Flint College of U-M and Flint Junior College.

  • October – Malcolm X visits the campus on behalf of the World Affairs Club.

    November – Classes are cancelled after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    1963 – 64 – Studies are commissioned to examine the possibility of turning the Flint College of U of M into a four-year institution.

  • March – July – Michigan State Board of Education recommends a four-year college in Flint and the phasing out of U-M’s involvement. Public outcry and C.S. Mott threatening to withdraw millions in pledged support leads to State approval of a four-year University of Michigan College in Flint.

    July 1965 – Regents approve establishment of departments of English, foreign language and literature, history, education, business administration, biology, chemistry and physics. First freshman class of 170 begins.

  • May – First anti-Vietnam War protest is held on campus.

    – Theatre Department is established.

  • Annual Gilkey Creek tug-of-war

    January – First mid-year commencements are held.

    April – University closes the day Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated.

  • A meeting of the Students for Black Action.

    February – Students for Black Action forms, the first student-established group dedicated to the concerns of minorities.

    Challenge Program is established.

  • The Vietnam War ends, Nixon resigns after Watergate, Hoffa disappears and “May the Force be with You”

  • Spring 1970 – North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools grants accreditation to the Flint College of the University of Michigan.

    May – National Guard troops murder three Kent State students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, causing hundreds of colleges across the country, including Flint College of the U-M, to close.

  • April – Regents approve the name change to The University of Michigan-Flint.

    April – William Moran begins tenure as first chancellor of UM-Flint.

  • September – Sixteen temporary buildings are erected to ease campus overcrowding, pressuring the regents to move UM-Flint to its current riverfront location.

    John Lennon records the song “John Sinclair” in support of the UM-Flint alumnus and activist who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for two marijuana cigarettes. Three days later he was freed.

  • May – Groundbreaking of the Classroom Office Building (CROB).

    December – Department of Music established. Music department concert in Willson Park.

  • February – College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Management are created.

  • Classroom Office Building dedication ceremony

    March – Classroom Office Building (CROB) is dedicated and UM-Flint’s library is moved to the fifth floor. University Center is dedicated.

    December – UM-Flint’s first graduate program, Master of liberal studies, is offered through Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

  • March – President Gerald Ford visits campus.

    July – Gregory St. L. O’Brien is appointed as UM-Flint’s first provost.

    July – UM-Flint accepts a $6 million grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation to build a physical education building on condition it transfer ownership of the Mott Memorial Building to Mott Community College.

  • April – C.S. Harding Mott University Center opens.

    Fall – UM-Flint Honors Program is created.

  • March – Master of Public Administration program is approved.

    July – Conny E. Nelson begins tenure as second UM-Flint chancellor.

    August – First broadcast of WFUM-TV 28

  • The University of Michigan-Flint celebrates its 25th anniversary!

    October – Master of Business Administration program is approved.

  • January – U-M physical therapy program moves from Ann Arbor to Flint.

    August – Recreation Center opens

  • May – Campus mourns the death of Chancellor Nelson, at the age of 50, from cancer.

  • July – Clinton B. Jones is named UM-Flint’s third Chancellor.

  • October – Groundbreaking for Classroom/Laboratory (later Murchie Science) Building.

  • June – Alumnus Senator Donald W. Riegle, Jr. proposes UM-Flint annex the struggling AutoWorld.

    The Office of Minority Affairs and The Research Office are established.

    Students build a ‘shanty town’ in support of Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

  • McKinnon Plaza (the picnic area located in the middle of the University Center, French Hall and the Murchie Science Building) is dedicated.

    February – Master of Physical Therapy program is approved.

    August – William Murchie Science Building opens, named for one of the founding faculty members of UM-Flint.

    Summer – UM-Flint moves the last of the programs from the Mott campus to the Riverfront campus.

  • July – The School of Health Professions and Studies is established.

    After class, the Brewery is a popular hangout for students.

    Riverview Cafeteria

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • September – Water Street Pavilion, Ice Rink and two floors of parking are purchased by UM-Flint from the City of Flint.

  • February – Master of Sciences in Anesthesia is approved.

    April – UM-Flint approves four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in conjunction with Hurley Medical Center.

  • December – Chancellor Jones resigns.

  • August – Charlie Nelms is named UM-Flint’s fourth chancellor.

    October – Frances Willson Thompson Library opens.

    November – William S. White announces offer of $40 million to help UM-Flint acquire AutoWorld property.

    – President Bill Clinton visits campus.

  • July – Master of Science in Health Education program approved.

    December – Regents accept AutoWorld property from Flint Downtown Development Authority.

  • UM-Flint celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

  • February – AutoWorld is imploded and cleared to make room for the William S. White Building.

    March – Center for University Outreach is established with support from the Mott Foundation.

    April – Master of Arts in Education and Master of Science in Nursing are approved.

    December – School of Education and Human Services is created, the university’s fourth college.

  • June – Regents authorize UM-Flint’s purchase of the Northbank Center on Saginaw Street.

    July – Chancellor Nelms retires.

  • September – Chancellor Juan E. Mestas, begins his tenure.


  • February – Master of Science in Biology approved.

    October – Classroom and Office Building (CROB) is renamed for the first dean of UM-Flint, David M. French.

  • July – Doctor of Physical Therapy degree established, UM-Flint’s first doctorate program.

    September – University closes after 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    Fall – Women’s Educational Center opens.

    Clint’s Cafe is a popular hangout for students.

  • May – William S. White Building is officially dedicated.

    September – Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members attend UM-Flint’s 9/11 memorial.

    October – Early Childhood Development Center opens.

  • May – First dean, David M. French, dies at the age of 94.

  • November – Regents approve UM-Flint request to explore feasibility of student housing.

  • January – International Student Center opens.

    April – First Capital Campaign kicks off.

  • February – UM-Flint unveils Strategic Plan.

    September – UM-Flint celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

  • January – Chancellor Juan Mestas retires

    September – UM-Flint and GISD establishes Genesee Early College for area high school students interested in health careers

  • August – UM-Flint opens first student housing building, First Street Residence Hall

    First Street Residence Hall move-in day.

  • March – Regents approve new Journalism program

    April – UM-Flint offers new MPA in Educational Administration degree

    June – Ruth J. Person is named UM-Flint’s sixth chancellor

    November – Student Veterans Center opens

  • March – UM-Flint and MSU announce Early Assurance Program for Premed Students

  • May – UM-Flint and Mott Community College partner to offer new joint admissions program

    Fall – UM-Flint unveils 2011-2016 Strategic Plan

  • April – UM-Flint offers MS in Accounting degree

  • April – Susan E. Borrego, Ph.D is named UM-Flint’s seventh chancellor

    June – UM-Flint and Grand Blanc Schools explore new early college program

    October – Intercultural Center opens on campus

  • January – Phil and Jocelyn Hagerman donate $2million to the School of Management, and the Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship is created

    April – UM-Flint expands downtown Flint footprint with purchase of FirstMerit tower and the single, largest donation of the Riverfront Center

    June – University Pavilion goes blue with new maize & blue colors

    Fall – Murchie Science Building (MSB) $23mil renovations completed

    October – UM-Flint plays major role in community outreach efforts after announcement of public health emergency in the city of Flint due to high lead levels.

    – Capital Campaign kicks off

    December – University Pavilion ice rink reopens

  • March – UM-Flint hosts CNN and readies for Flint Democratic Presidential debate

    May – Regents approve two new Graduate Programs: MS in Engineering and PhD in Occupational Therapy

    July – UM-Flint creates five new academic departments

    – UM-Flint offers four new degrees: MS in Engineering, MA in Math Education, BS in Early Childhood Studies, MS in Supply Chain Management