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UC Davis Centennial
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Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



A four-year degree program is established. Claude B. Hutchison becomes director of the Davis campus, which is renamed the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture.


William W. Campbell, an astronomer and director of the Lick Observatory, takes office as president of the university, succeeding David P. Barrows.


Walter L. Howard becomes director of the Davis campus.


An agricultural engineering program is established as a major in Berkeley's College of Engineering, with courses offered at the Davis campus. An agricultural engineering building (Walker Hall) is completed.


1928 Celeste Wright

Celeste Turner Wright, the first Davis humanities instructor with a Ph.D., joins the English faculty. The animal science building, Hart Hall, is completed.


The California Aggie Band is organized.