UM-DEARBORN HISTORY

  • Beginnings
    • 1956: Dec, 17, 1956, announcement of gift of Fair Lane Estate to the University of Michigan by Ford Motor Company.
    • 1957: Oct., transfer of deed from Ford Motor Company to the University of Michigan.
    • 1958: Construction began on the University of Michigan Dearborn Center.
  • Campus Names
    • Dearborn Center - Oct. 1, 1958
    • Dearborn Campus - March 15, 1963
    • University of Michigan-Dearborn - April 1971
  • Chancellors

    Director William E. Stirton was the first chief executive of the Dearborn Center; Dean Norman Scott was the second. The term chancellor came into effect with the third chief executive Leonard Goodall.

    • William E. Stirton, Director, Dearborn Center, Oct. 1, 1958 - Aug. 1968. Also Vice-President of UM.
    • Norman Scott, Dean, Dearborn Center, Sept. 1968 - July 1971.
    • Leonard Goodall, Chancellor, July 1971 - June 1979.
    • Bernard Klein, interim Chancellor, July 1979 - June 1980.
    • William Jenkins, Chancellor, June 1980 - June 1988.
    • Blenda Wilson, Chancellor, July 1988 - Aug. 1992.
    • Bernard Klein, interim Chancellor, Sept. 1992 - Jan. 1993.
    • James Renick, Chancellor, Jan. 1993 - June 1999.
    • Bernard Klein, interim Chancellor, July 16, 1999 - June 2000.
    • Daniel E. Little, Chancellor, July 1, 2000 to present.
  • Buildings
    • 1958: Construction began on the University of Michigan Dearborn Center
    • 1959:
      • Classroom and Administration Building (1989: Science Building)
      • Faculty Office Building; School of Education from 1990-2003; School moved to Fairlane Center, winter 2004; became Computer and Information Science Building, winter 2004.
      • Engineering Building
      • Student Activities Building including Library (1989: Administration Building)
    • 1964-66: Apartments; by 1988 several were being used for offices; renamed CASL Annex; closed September 2004.
    • 1973:
      • Classroom and Office Building (Jan. 10, 1973); (1989: Student Services Center); name changed to Academic Services Center (June 2004)
      • Gabriel Richard Center
    • 1975: Recreation and Organization Center (ROC)
    • 1976: Parking Structure
    • 1978: Fieldhouse/Ice Arena
    • 1979: University Mall (now University Center)
    • 1980: Library (dedication April 1981) (That's us!)
    • 1987: Library rededicated and named Edward and Helen Mardigian Library
    • 1988: Manufacturing Systems Engineering Laboratory
    • 1989-92: Renovations to CAB, renamed Science Building 1989; add-on to CAB named Computing Wing 1989.
    • 1997:
      • School of Management Building; (name change to Social Sciences Building Winter 2004)
      • Addition to School of Engineering
      • Alfred Berkowitz Gallery opens in Library
    • 2000: Wellness Center (Jan. 14)
    • 2001:
      • Environmental Interpretive Center (June)
      • College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (Nov.)
    • 2003:
      • University Center (Nov. 10, 2003) (University Mall remodeled and renamed).
      • Fairlane Center (fall). This property was purchased in fall of 2003 from Ford Motor Company to house School of Education and the School of Management. Classes began Winter 2004.
    • 2004:
      • Social Sciences Building (formally School of Management building).
      • Computer and Information Science Building (formally School of Education building; Faculty Office Building).
    • 2005:
      • New Kindergarten Module replaces 1970s module (closed 2008).
      • Rouge River Gateway Greenway Trail opens.
    • 2006:
      • Science Learning and Research Center opens.
      • Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems building opens.
      • Hans Prechter Engineering Complex named.
    • 2007:
      • SLRC Cassegrain telescope installed (April).
      • Borg Warner auditorium dedicated in IAVS (June 6, 2007).
    • 2008:
      • Streetscape and entrance signs (spring).
      • Child Development Center moves into facility with Oakwood Exceptional Families Program (August); name changed to Early Childhood Education center (August).
      • DENSO Climate Control Education and Research Laboratory opened in IAVS (Nov.).
      • Henry Ford Estate information kiosk (Nov.).
    • 2009:
      • Name change: School of Management becomes College of Business (July 1).
      • Connected Vehicle Proving Center moved to IAVS from AA (Aug.).
    • 2010:
      • "Extreme Pita" opens in FC (Jan.).
      • Henry Ford Estate-Fair Lane closed to public (Dec.).
    • 2012: Henry Ford Estate ownership transfer to the Edsel and Elenor Ford House, postponed several times during 2011, 2012
    • 2013: Name change: School of Education becomes College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) [Fall].

Did you know?

  • 3D Printer in the Library
  • The Mardigian Library has one LulzBot 3D printer and we offer a 3D printing service for current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

  • Please visit our 3D Printing Service page for information on 3D printing, resources for students and faculty, and how to submit your 3D Print Requests.