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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact

Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



Planning goes forward for a teaching and research center in Washington D.C.

Image: 1990 principles of community

The UC Davis Principles of Community are conceived.

The football team wins its 20th consecutive league championship, a national record.


Jack W. Peltason is named university president, succeeding David P. Gardner.

Image: 1992 alumni center

The Walter A. Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center is dedicated. Ground is broken for the Social Sciences and Humanities Building.


Image: 1993 cross cultural center

The Cross Cultural Center opens.

Image: 1993 Schneeman

Barbara Schneeman becomes the first woman dean of agriculture in the nation when she accepts the post at UC Davis.


Image: 1994 Vanderhoef

Larry N. Vanderhoef, provost and executive vice chancellor, is inaugurated as fifth chancellor, succeeding Theodore L. Hullar.

Students First campaign is launched.

Image: 1994 Social Sciences completed

Social Sciences and Humanities Building is completed.


Richard C. Atkinson, chancellor of UC San Diego, is named university president, succeeding Jack W. Peltason. The regents vote to end the use of race, ethnicity and gender in admissions, hiring and contracting.


Image: 1996 Taylor Alan pulitzer

UC Davis history professor Alan Taylor wins the Pulitzer Prize in history for his book William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic.


Image: 1997 Clinton and Gore

President Clinton announces that $50 million in federal funds will be allocated to help solve problems in the Tahoe basin after viewing how the lake is studied by UC Davis researchers.

Image: 1997 Gary Snyder

Engineering students win the top prize in the nation for Futurecar. Professor Gary Snyder wins the Bollinger Prize in Poetry.


Image: 1998 championship

UC Davis men's basketball team wins NCAA Division II national championship.

John Muir Institute of the Environment formed.


Valley Foundation bestows $10.7 million, campus’s largest gift, to help remedy veterinary school deficiencies.

1999 Aggie mascot

New Aggies mustang logos launched to represent UC Davis athletics.

UC Davis Connect program created to link start-up businesses to regional supporters.

First tenured woman faculty member, Celeste Turner Wright, dies.