History

2013

  • The College's Annual Giving and Alumni Relations team received a CASE Excellence Award. Specifically, the solicitation strategy, marketing materials and communications plan from the 2K42M Annual Giving Challenge earned a silver award in the Annual Giving Programs category.
  • Burlington, VT is named the #1 Best College Town in America by Travel & Leisure Magazine.
  • The Atlantic releases an article about Champlain, "What Would an Ideal College Look Like? A Lot Like This," as part of the American Futures project. Author John Tierney said, "American higher education would be better off if more colleges tried to replicate what's going on here."
  • Champlain is named the Top "Up-and-Comer" regional college in the North according to the 2014 edition of Us. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
  • Champlain College is featured in the 2014 Princeton Review's 'Best 387 Colleges."
  • Champlain is awarded the 2013 SC Award U.S. for having the "Best Cyber Security Higher Education Program."
  • Champlain College's online degree program is among the top ranked colleges in the nation according to the "Best Online Bachelor's Education Program" released by U.S. News and World Report.
  • More than a dozen Champlain College Stiller School of Business students completed an international summer internship program in Shanghai, China, funded by the Freeman Foundation.
  • The Champlain College Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Imagine College program completes its second year of providing a college experience for 15 high school students from underserved populations.
  • Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy issues a "National Report Card" on the state of financial literacy education in high schools in 50 states.
  • Champlain College Social Work (BSW) program receives Initial Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Vermont Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) joins Champlain College Online and Continuing Education Division.
  • President David F. Finney announces plans to retire in June 2014. A presidential search committee is formed.
  • The tradition of presenting a wooden, handcrafted Champlain Spyglass to graduates begins.
  • Champlain Class of 2013 makes a gift of an apiary and beekeeping equipment to be located next to The Perry Barn for use in Core and other classes.
  • Senior Ryan Warner '13 is the first student to wear Google Glass and record his commencement walk.
  • Champlain College Alumni Office of Advancement meets the 2K 4 2M participation challenge with 2,000 donations from alumni and secure a $2 million gift for the College.
  • Champlain College named one of top 322 most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review.
  • Construction begins on two new residence halls, Butler and Valcour, to complete the Res-Tri Project. Expected completion is summer 2014.
  • The Champlain College Student Government reorganized and expanded its structure, adding additional student representatives from each Division.
  • Two Champlain students, Kayla Hedman '14 and Mahmoud Jabari '15 were the first from the College to attend the Clinton Global Reach National Conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri.
  • A completely revamped Champlain College website debuts.
  • Champlain College and Sugarbush Resort hold a one-day Wellness Seminar for alumni, business professionals and professors.
  • Champlain College, Saint Michael's College and Middlebury College formed the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium to help reduce costs by pooling purchasing power and working ot eliminate duplication of services.
  • Champlain College was the first Vermont institution to be part of the CFA Institute University Recognition Program and qualify to receive five scholarships for finance and accounting students in the Stiller School of Business.

2012

  • Champlain Vice President, David Provost receives the Community Excellence Award from the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • The Emergent Media Center wins the Ambassador Award from the 6th annual Vermont Tech Jam, for being a leader in technology and blending business and learning.
  • The College receives a $10 million gift from the Stiller Family Foundation and renames its business school to the Robert P. Stiller School of Business.
  • The College is ranked in the top 15 Regional Colleges in the North according to the 2013 edition of "America's Best Colleges," released by U.S. News & World Report.
  • The College is featured in the 2013 Princeton Review 'The Best 376 Colleges.' Champlain is ranked 2nd in the "Best Classroom Experience" category and eighth in the "Got Game?" category.
  • The College opens Juniper Hall, a LEED certified residence hall. 
  • The College acquires 371 Main Street, a former UVM fraternity now converted into a first-year residence hall.
  • The College renovates Bader Hall into an energy efficient undergraduate dormitory.
  • The College launches its six-day summer immersion program, Imagine College.
  • The College is redesignated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
  • Champlain's library receives the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
  • The College is included in the Princeton Review's "322 Green Colleges" Guide.
  • Six of Champlain's faculty members are included in The Princeton Review's "Best 300 Professors": J.C. Ellefson, English (Creative Writing);Jonathan Rajewski, Digital Forensics; John P. Rogate, Computer Science; Eric Ronis, Communication; Alan Stracke, Sociology; and Janice Gohm Webster, English.
  • The Roger H. Perry Welcome and Admission Center receives LEED Platinum certification.
  • Champlain students launch The Lodge, a student-run coffee and snack shop.
  • Champlain Dublin students help launch Hireland, an employment initiative in Ireland.
  • The Veterans Memorial is dedicated to the members of the military and their families, past and present, who are a part of the Champlain community.
  • The College has been voted as "Best Training or Professional Education" in the annual Champlain Business Journal's Best of the Best Business Awards.

2011

  • The College launches its Master's in Early Childhood Education, its Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Media, and its Bachelor of Science in Management of Creative Media.
  • The College hosts its dedication ceremony of The Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI).
  • The College is named one of the Top 10 places to study game design by GamePro magazine.
  • The College is ranked 13th in the "Best Regional Colleges in the North," 17th in the "Best Classroom Experience" and third in the "Class Discussions Are Encouraged" by Princeton Review as part of the Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.
  • The College announces David Strubler as the new dean of the business division.
  • Champlain professor Jonathan Rajewski is named the "Top Digital Investigator of the Year" by Forensics 4Cast.
  • Champlain introduces the Miller Center at Lakeside Campus.
  • Champlain professor, Gary Scudder, receives the VT Professor of the Year award by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
  • The College has its first graduates who experienced four years of the Core Curriculum.

2010

  • Champlain introduces its new Center for Financial Literacy.
  • The Roger H. Perry Hall on South Willard Street celebrates its grand opening.
  • The Emergent Media Center, along with the help of soccer star Samuel Eto'o, releases a soccer game called Breakaway tailored to educate youth on a global level.
  • The College launches its Master's in Fine Arts in Emergent Media.
  • Champlain President David Finney is honored at NEBHE's 2010 New England Higher Education Excellence Awards.
  • Notable Names on Campus: Sudanese "Lost Boy" John Bul Dau; author Catherine Manegold; travel author Ted Conover.
  • The College is receives an Exemplary Program Award for Improvement  in General Education from the Association for General and Liberal Studies (AGLS).
  • The College launches its Environmental Policy major.
  • The Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain launches the Champlain College Publishing Initiative (CCPI).

2009

  • The College announces the purchase of the Ethan Allen Club on 298 College Street in Burlington.
  • The College donates use of its Eagle's Club property to COTS to ease housing shortage in the community.
  • The College is awarded the 2009 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education at the United Nations in NYC.
  • The Lola P. Aiken Hall is reopened and re-dedicated as a residence hall.
  • The College hosts a national symposium celebrating the Quadricenntenial anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of the region.
  • The College unveils its new statue of Samuel de Champlain.
  • The College announces the addition of five new trustees.
  • Newly opened Aiken Hall receives the College's first LEED Gold Rating.
  • Notable Names on Campus: Congolese playwright and author Pierre Mujomba; leading Chinese environmentalist Wang Canfa; award-winning journalist Amy Goodman; ecologist Patrick Moore.
  • The College launches the Life Experience & Action Dimension (LEAD) program.
  • The College celebrates the grand opening of the EMC at the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT.
  • The College is ranked in the top three national Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) online degree programs according to the Online Education Database (OEDb).
  • The College is recognized as one of America's "Top Up-and-Coming Scools" in US News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges."
  • The College is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

2008

  • The College completes the construction of a new residence hall, called Lakeview Hall, and the renovation of a house into a residence hall called Adirondack House.
  • Champlain acquires Woodbury College, creating the Woodbury Institute at Champlain program and creating the foundation for the College's new Master's program in mediation and applied conflict studies.
  • The College opens its campus in Dublin, Ireland called Champlain College Dublin.
  • The BYOBiz program launches its first annual Elevator Pitch Contest.
  • Governor Jim Douglas announces an incubator project with Champlain College to award grants to small businesses developing state-of-the-art software.
  • Champlain's Workforce Development Center delivers online workshops in human resource management.
  • The College purchases The Eagles Club property, located on Maple and St. Paul Streets.
  • Notable Names on Campus: environmental activist Bill McKibben; justice activist Daryl Hunt; author T.C. Boyle; U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy.
  • The College is ranked in the top tier of "The Best Comprehensive Colleges in the North" by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009."
  • The Core Division is established at the College.

2007

  • Champlain's campus comprises nearly 40 buildings on 22 acres - a blend of Victorian-era mansions and high-tech facilities nestled in Burlington's historic Hill Section.
  • The College launched the Accounting Excellence Scholarship Fund, celebrating a combined 200 years of teaching excellence by Champlain's Accounting faculty.
  • Champlain created a study-abroad campus in the heart of Montréal. Starting in Fall 2007, students may spend a semester in Montréal taking Champlain courses. It's believed to be the first American campus in Montréal - one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
  • Champlain College rolls out its inaugural Vermont First Scholarship, attracting 30 first-generation college students.
  • Notable Names on Campus: author Dave Eggers

2006

  • The College institutes new centers on campus: the Emergent Media Center, the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation, and a Conference and Event Center.
  • President Finney announces two new scholarship programs: The New American Student Scholarship for students with refugee or asylum status and the Vermont First Scholarship for first-generation college students from the Green Mountain State.
  • The College launches a new program called BYOBiz - in which young entrepreneurs grow their businesses while they attend Champlain.
  • The College works with the Burlington and Champlain communities to create a new master plan for its campus.
  • The College launches a new Digital Filmmaking major.

2005

  • Dr. David F. Finney of New York University succeeds retiring Champlain president Dr. Roger H. Perry on July 1, 2005. His Inauguration as the College's seventh president is celebrated on November 19, 2005.
  • The Champlain College Workforce Development Center is instituted, enhancing the College's capacity to be a catalyst for economic development.
  • The campus celebrates the September dedication of the IDX Student Life Center. Complete with a gym, fitness center, dining hall and student activity space, it is the third building to be constructed as part of The Power of Three capital campaign.
  • Champlain welcomes the Vermont Global Trade Partnership to its campus, serving businesses that want to explore markets abroad and putting students to work on trade research.
  • The College launches its second master's program: a highly integrated, online MBA.
  • The College is ranked in the top tier of the "Best Comprehensive Colleges in the North" by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2006."

2004

  • The campus celebrates the September dedication of the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, an academic center that enhances Champlain's ability to put students to work on real business and technology projects.
  • Trustees announce the creation of the College's first endowed chair, naming it in honor of retiring President Roger Perry. The $1 million academic fund is called The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair.

2003

  • The College celebrates its 125-year anniversary.
  • The first of three new buildings opens to students: The Main Street Suites and Conference Center

2002

  • The College kicks off The Power of Three Capital Campaign to raise funds for three exciting new buildings.
  • Champlain begins its first master's program in Managing Innovation & Information Technology.
  • The College hosts Vermont's first Governor's Institute on Information Technology

2001

  • Champlain creates a partnership in India to offer its degree programs to students in that country.
  • Teen writers descend on Champlain for first annual Young Vermont Writers' Conference.

2000

  • Terry F. Allen pledges $1.5 million for scholarships for Vermont students.
  • Governor Howard Dean comes to campus to announce Putnam Investment's new work@home jobs and online training through Champlain College OnLine.

1999

  • The first annual Summer Reading Program features a visit by Dominican-born author Julia Alvarez.
  • Champlain hospitality students operate a new café called "The View."

1998

  • The Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Information Commons, the College's state-of-the-art library, welcomes its first students.
  • The College begins a satellite program in United Arab Emirates.

1995

  • Champlain offers its academic programs at satellite campuses in Israel.

1994

  • 4 Cedar Lane is purchased by the College.
  • Professional Studies programs, which allows students to earn bachelor degrees in over 20 majors at Champlain, is instituted.
  • Two new dorms, East House and South House are added to campus.
  • Hill Hall is officially designated the International House where many foreign students live with American peers.
  • Vermont Business Institute is created offering firms, computer training and internet access.
  • Women's soccer team wins NJCAA National Championship.

1993

  • SuccessNet, the predecessor to Champlain College Online, is established and is Vermont's first computer-based, online distance learning program.

1992

  • Dr. Roger H. Perry inaugurated into presidency as Dr. Robert Skiff steps down.
  • Winterbotham Hall is renamed Skiff Hall in honor of former President Skiff.
  • The former UVM fraternity Phi Mu Delta on South Willard Street becomes Bankus Hall, named after long time Champlain Chief Financial Officer John Bankus.

1990

  • College offers bachelor's degree programs for the first time-in Business and Accounting-thanks in part to a major donation from philanthropist and educator Walter Cerf.
  • Vermont Insurance Institute is created at Champlain.
  • 56 Summit Street (a former UVM fraternity) is purchased by the College.

1989

  • The Hauke family pledges the first million-dollar gift in the College's history and a new campus center is named in their honor.
  • 10,000th graduate crosses the stage at Commencement.
  • 225 South Willard is renamed McDonald Hall after former Director of Admissions Verne McDonald upon his retirement.

1988

  • Construction begins on the Campus Center building, which is named for the William R. Hauke Family.
  • Champlain Board of Trustees votes to allow the College to create two-plus-two baccalaureate-level programs in Accounting and Business Management.
  • 312 Maple St., once home to former first lady Grace Coolidge, is purchased by the College and soon renamed the Grace Goodhue Collidge House.
  • Men's and Women's alpine ski teams win national championship.
  • Women's field hockey team wins NJCAA National Championship.

1987

  • The Single Parents Program is a new joint venture with the State of Vermont.
  • The Women's alpine ski team wins national championship.
  • The College announces The Campaign for Champlain: Building the Future, a $6.5 million capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a 28,000 sq. foot campus center building, financial aid endowment, and spendable scholarship money. It is the largest fund-raising effort ever undertaken by a two-year college.

1986

  • The Women's field hockey team wins NJCAA National Championship.

1985

  • The Men and Women's alpine ski teams win NJCAA National Championship.

1984

  • The College purchases Kolk House, which is renamed Elizabeth Durrick Hall.
  • The Women's alpine ski team wins national championship.

1983

  • The Support-A-Student Campaign is formed to help provide scholarship money for needy and deserving students.
  • The Women's alpine ski team wins national championship.

1982

  • Champlain opens a Computer Camp for children and Computer Resource Training Center for businesspeople.
  • The Westervelt estate is purchased and major renovations take place. The main house becomes a dormitory and is named the Lola Aiken Hall. It also houses the Euince Silsby Morgan Room. The carriage barn is converted into classroom space and is named Hilton Wick Hall.
  • A new building is erected, housing more classrooms and laboratories, and is named Willett Foster Hall, and is home to the Engineering Technology Division.
  • Both the Men and Women's alpine ski teams win national championships.

1980

  • The Winterbotham estate is purchased by the College to house administrative offices.
  • Edith Bader Hall becomes a dormitory.

1979

  • The College purchases 225 South Willard Street for use as a dormitory.
  • The Men's alpine ski team wins national championship.

1978

  • Pearl Annex is remodeled and becomes the Student Services Office.
  • Women's alpine and combine ski teams win national championships.
  • The College celebrates its centennial.

1977

  • C. Bader Brouilette retires and Dr. Robert Skiff is inaugurated as President.

1975

  • The Men's alpine ski team wins the national championship.

1973

  • Hill Hall is acquired and becomes a dormitory.

1972

  • The Joyce Learning Center is built and opens its door. It houses the Secretarial Sciences division, the Computer Center, the Library and classrooms.
  • Rowell Hall is purchases and becomes a dormitory.

1970

  • An addition is built on to Hamrick Hall.
  • A fund-raising campaign is undertaken to build a library.

1970's

  • New programs are initiated in the social services-expanding Champlain's repertoire.

1969

  • Champlain's first computer, an IBM 1130, arrived in the spring. It had a removable disk drive that held 256K of storage - 1/2800th of the space found on a typical CD today.

1968

  • The college purchases Lyman and Pearl Halls for use as a dormitories.
  • Champlain receives final approval from the U.S. Treasury to reorganize as a non-profit organization.
  • The Faculty Senate is formed.

1967

  • Whiting Hall is purchased and becomes a dormitory.

1966

  • Champlain continues to expand its dormitory space with the acquisition of Ward Hall, North House, and Smith House.
  • The College begins the process of reorganization to non-profit status.

1965

  • Champlain residential students move into the College's first dormitories: Jensen and Sanders Halls.

1964

  • The College embarks on its first construction project and builds Hamrick Hall, which becomes a dining facility.

1962

  • The Clarence Morgan home on South Willard Street is purchased and becomes Cushing Hall.

1960

  • The Roberts' home on the corner of South Willard Street is purchased by the College, and becomes Edith Baker Hall, home to the College's administrative offices.

1958

  • The College moves to the Hill Section of Burlington and takes on the name of Champlain College. It moves from Main Street to a large carriage house located on the former Roberts' estate on South Willard Street and is renamed Freeman Hall.

1956

  • C. Bader Brouilette, in partnership with Albert Jensen, acquires the College. Brouilette becomes president.

1920

  • A. Gordon Tittemore acquires the College, changes its name to the Burlington Business School, and would run the college for 36 years.

1910

  • A fire breaks out at noontime in the two-room College. A few students climb in a back window to rescue the books-saving nearly all of them. The College is moved to Main Street, above what is today Nectar's restaurant.

1905

  • The College is located on Bank Street.

1884

  • E. George Evans acquires the school and changes its name to Queen City Business College.
  • Admission is opened to women.

1878

  • G.W. Thompson founds Burlington Business School to prepare young men for "the business cares and responsibilities of life."