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Historical Timeline

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1980 - 1989


The Graduate School of Management (GSOM) is established. GSOM, which attracts students from around the world, offers master's degrees in business administration, finance and accounting, as well as joint M.B.A./master's programs with Clark's department of International Development, Community and Environment.

Clark's cogeneration plant is dedicated, allowing the University to generate electricity, steam heat, and hot water.


Richard P. Traina becomes the seventh president of Clark.


The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Center for Music opens in Estabrook Hall with facilities for teaching, rehearsing, performing and creating music.

The Arthur M. Sackler Sciences Center, with a new science library, research and teaching laboratories and classrooms, is dedicated.


Clark's Center in Luxembourg is established and the May Term begins with courses based in Luxembourg. The May Term takes place immediately after the close of the spring semester. Students participate in a four-week academic program, taught by Clark faculty and especially suited for Luxembourg and its environment. (Learn more about Clark's Study Abroad Programs.)


Clark celebrates the University's centennial with academic, cultural and social events. Professor William Koelsch's book "Clark University, 1887-1987: A Narrative History" is published.

Professor of geography J. Ronald Eastman begins development of IDRISI, a raster-based geographic information system (GIS) and image processing software. It is adopted by the United Nations and is in use in more than 70 countries by November 1990.


"Women on the Frontiers of Research," one of the first conferences to bring together women scholars from a broad spectrum of major academic fields, is held at Clark.

A two-day conference, "Euthanasia and the Future of Medicine: Europe, American and the Hippocratic Tradition," featured then U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop as one of the speakers.


As part of Clark's Speakers Forum, Gloria Steinem speaks on "Democracy and Feminism in the 1990s."

Fun Facts


The men's basketball team, coached by Wally Halas '73, becomes the first New England team to reach the NCAA Division III national championship finals.


The men's basketball team becomes the only New England team to reach the NCAA national championship finals twice.