Chatham University

Chatham University, A Timeline of Transformation: Dr. Esther Barazzone 1992 - 2015

  • Esther Barazzone becomes the 18th president of Chatham College
  • Coed graduate programs launched ushering in new era for Chatham
  • For first time in years, Chatham balances a budget of $23 million
  • Launch of the Global Focus program to foster global awareness and education
  • Full establishment of the Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics
  • Creation of the Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics
  • Opening of the $10 million Buhl Science Complex (1st new building in 30 years)
  • Keep the Vision Splendid campaign raises $31 million against a $25 million goal
  • Enrollment grows to 1,200 students (highest in history)
  • Awarding of Chatham’s first doctoral degree
  • Received the Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education: Internationalizing the Campus 2003.
  • Endowment surpasses $50 million (from $35 million in 1992)
  • Opening of the $18 million Athletic and Fitness Center
  • Launch of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship. Initial funding was provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation.
  • Introduction of first online courses and programs
  • Dr. Barazzone and Chatham students lead effort to rename 9th Street Bridge the Rachel Carson Bridge in honor of Chatham’s most famous alumna
  • Chatham College becomes Chatham University
  • Endowment reaches $63 million
  • Enrollment grows to 1,700 students with over ¾ enrolled as graduate students
  • Charter signatory of American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025
  • Chatham purchases new Eastside Location for growing health science programs
  • Eden Hall Foundation gives Chatham 388-acre site in Richland, PA; plans begin to create Eden Hall Campus
  • Establishes School of Sustainability & the Environment, one of the first in the country for the field
  • Eden Hall Campus Master Plan developed by BNIM and Andropogon
  • Breaks ground on net zero Eden Hall Campus Phase 1 construction
  • Receives largest gift in history with $15 million gift from the Falk Foundation; Names Falk School of Sustainability & Environment in honor of gift
  • Only North American school recognized with an International Campus Sustainability Network award for sustainability integration of campus & academics
  • Chatham’s Board of Trustees approves undergraduate coeducation
  • Completion of Phase 1a of Eden Hall Campus construction
  • The Sierra Club names Chatham one of the top 25 greenest colleges in the nation
  • Chatham prepares to welcome largest undergraduate class in decades
  • Eden Hall Campus opens to residential students
  • Chatham earns the highest ranking among western Pennsylvania institutions in the US News & World Report “Regional Universities - North” category
  • Opening of the Chatham University Women’s Institute
  • Chatham’s enrollment reaches 2,130 (compared to 538 in 1992)
  • NEXT, the Campaign for Chatham raises $80 million of $100 million goal