March 23, 1964, Dr. Samuel D. Marble from Wilmington, Ohio was appointed
Saginaw Valley College's first president. Before coming to SVC,
Dr. Marble served as President of Delta College from the fall of
1961 until March of 1964.
On July 6,
1964, President Marble recommended to the Board
of Directors that a campus site be purchased with minimum liability
and maximum potential to the communities of Saginaw, Bay City and
8, 1964, the first class of 119 students
completed their first two years at Delta College and then enrolled
as juniors and seniors at Saginaw Valley College. However, for the
first semester these students met in the basement of Delta College
until the current Saginaw Valley College facilities were constructed.
Freshmen were not permitted to Saginaw Valley College until the
fall of 1965 because of the college lacked facilities.
decided that Saginaw Valley College would offer three core courses
to be known as the foundation courses; freshman English, social
studies and natural science. These three core subjects were felt
to be the building blocks for communication and grammar skills,
developing and respecting diversity among human kind, and assisting
in logical reasoning though the wonders of chemistry and biology.