February 9. Groundbreaking ceremony for what will become Lewis University.
July. German Franciscan Brothers come to campus: Brothers Lewis, Hildolph and Fabian.
May 30. Official dedication and blessing ceremony of Holy Name Technical School, a four year
high school focused on technical studies for young men.
October 2. Official incorporation as a non-profit institution; renamed the Lewis Holy Name Technical School to honor Frank J. Lewis for his dedication and support.
January 2. School reorganized as a non-profit corporation; name changed to Lewis Holy Name School of Aeronautics.
Enrollment reaches 120 students; school occupies 620 acres.
The Lewis campus is closed as the U. S. Navy trains flight instructors on campus.
After the Navy left campus, Lewis reopens as a junior college. .
Name changed to Lewis College of Science and Technology.
Football program begins at Lewis, thanks to the efforts of Father John Brennan.
Enrollment reaches 240 students.
WFJL radio station owned by Lewis begins broadcasting in Chicago. Admiral Herbert J. Grassie, USN (Ret.) becomes Chancellor and then the first lay President of Lewis.
First women enrolled.
First liberal arts degrees awarded. Legendary coach, teacher and athletic director Gordie Gillespie is named head coach of the new baseball team.
Sancta Alberta Chapel opens, becoming a landmark and spiritual core of campus. Alumni Association established.
Brig.Gen. Paul X. English, U.S. Army (Ret.) succeeds Adm. Grassie as president. Alumni Association establishes the Father Aquinas Award. Jack Azman is the first recipient.
Lettermen’s Club builds the Grotto of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Stritch Hall is constructed.
Christian Brothers assume sponsorship of Lewis. Brother Leander Paul McGinnis, FSC, becomes the first Brother President.
Name changed to Lewis College.
Lewis adopts “Bed Check Charlie”as official mascot after receiving permission from cartoonist Milt Caniff. Science Wing of Academic/Science Building completed. Construction of many new buildings on campus in this decade.
Brother Paul French, FSC, is appointed second Brother President.
Merger is considered with the College of St. Francis, now University of St. Francis.
Black Student Union is founded.
College of Nursing established.
July 2. Incorporated as Lewis University.
Lewis College of Law established in Glen Ellyn.
The Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree program is launched.
The Niego family becomes a basketball dynasty with four players on the men’s basketball team and three on the women’s.
Brother David Delahanty, FSC, inaugurated as President.
Lewis presents an honorary degree to President Ronald Reagan. The Arts & Ideas series is launched.
October 2. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, inaugurated as President. Major construction and renovation program underway at Lewis.
Lewis men’s baseball, coached by Irish O’Reilly, takes third place in the NCAA Division II National Championships. LUCEP established to offer accelerated undergraduate degree completion for adult learners.
Lewis receives a gift of $2 million from Harold E. White to facilitate construction of a new Aviation Center.
Les Stoklosa wins the first ever individual NCAA national championship for Lewis University, taking first place in the 5,000 meter steeplechase.
April 7. Revised Mission Statement is adopted, celebrating the values of Knowledge, Wisdom, Fidelity, Justice and Association.
A new logo is adapted, incorporating the Sancta Alberta Chapel bell tower.
The Scholars Academy is established on campus.
Lewis accepts donation of a Boeing 737 aircraft from United Airlines. First Signum Fidei Celebration to benefit need-based scholarships for Lewis students. First online master’s degree in nursing case management offered.
Lewis acquires the historic Fitzpatrick House. WLRA becomes the first fully digital college radio station in the country. School of Education becomes accredited by NCATE.
Tinley Park Regional Campus opened.
The School of Education became the College of Education.
Pope John Paul II residence hall opens. Lewis establishes first doctoral program, an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning.
Mother Teresa residence hall opened. Athletic Training Education program accredited by CAATE. Andrew Center for Electronic Media opened.
Lewis selected by the FAA to offer the only ATC-CTI approved program in Illinois for Air Traffic Controllers.
College of Nursing and Health Professions acquires new simulation labs and hospital-like setting. Social Work program receives initial accreditation from CSWE.
Albuquerque, N.M. Campus opened.
A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree approved by the Lewis Board of Trustees. Lewis opened new Athletic Complex, track and field.
$20 million, 50,000 sq. ft. LEED-certified Science Center addition and renovation opens in January for growing enrollment in the sciences and related majors.
St. Charles Borromeo transformed for the College of Business. College of Nursing and Health Professions opens an addition of 25,000 sq. ft.
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, named Honorary Founder. Christian Brothers bench donated. Veterans Plaza dedicated.
Dr. David J. Livingston named tenth President. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, designated President Emeritus. Aviation Building named after Brother Neil Kieffe, FSC.