In 1963, Saginaw Valley College received a charter from the State
Board of Education to begin as a private institution.
Valley College held its first classes in 1964 at Delta College
with an enrollment of 119 and tuition fee of $20.00 per hour. In
1965, legislation was passed making Saginaw Valley College a state
institution which dropped tuition to $8.50 per credit hour. It was
not until 1975 that the Michigan Legislative act re-named the college
Saginaw Valley State College. Not until 1967 did the college obtain
the attractive campus grounds it now occupies. The first and only
building at the time was the 66 building which housed all the classes
Ted Nitz, Personal
Counselor and Bowling Coach, who had been with the college since
the beginning witnessed the rapid growth from its single building
to the 782 acres and over 20 buildings in 1983. Nitz said that SVSC
was unique because it was a ".place where students influence the
growth and development of programs...its not like other schools
that have already been established for a hundred years and the students
must fit in to who had been there. The students here are part of
the growth of the school. The students have a lot of input."
SVSC broke ground for Instructional Facility No. 2 consisting of
three buildings including Maurice E. Brown Hall,
the Science Building, and Melvin
J. Zahnow Library. The $28.4 million project took two years
to complete and added 208,399 square feet of learning space to the
had been many economic problems sometimes slowing the progression
of SVSC's expansion plan, it seemed that growth and planning never
ceased. Dr. Jack Ryder, SVSC President, was quoted saying, "We need
to conceive ourselves as challenged..and we need to plan confidently
about our future."
and pride engulfed this year of the 20th anniversary.
The Valley Vanguard, September 12, 1983.
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