Presidential Milestones

July 18, 2005   Judith A. Ramaley appointed WSU’s fourteenth president
October 2005   WSU designated as lead institution for HealthForce Minnesota, a MnSCU Center of Excellence
April 7, 2006   Launches “Learning for the 21st Century” initiative during inauguration address
May 2007   Signs ACUP Climate Commitment to work towards climate neutrality by 2050
September 19, 2008   Kicks off yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, along with the university’s first capital campaign, Light the Way
January 1, 2009   Campuses become tobacco-free, a visible step in enhancing community health and well-being
May 8, 2009   Awards university’s first doctoral degree, the Doctorate of Nursing Practice
December 1, 2009   Bush Foundation grants WSU $4.04 million to transform teacher education in the region, the largest award in university history
September 17, 2010   Dedicates Integrated Wellness Complex, one of three Light the Way campaign initiatives
May 2011   Leads institution through two years of deep state budget deficits, avoiding significant program cuts and employee layoffs
August 2011   Completes restructuring of University Studies curricula to facilitate common standards for undergraduate and transfer students
August 15, 2011      Announces she will step down as president at conclusion of academic year
April 2012   Light the Way exceeds $10 million goal; WSU earns re-accreditation by Higher Learning Commission
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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs on its three campuses: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

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