1911 Nancy Ann Donohoo Taylor (Taylor Ranch) stipulates in her will that her assets be sold and one-third of the proceeds be used to found a university in Ventura County. Taylor's three surviving children successfully contest their mother's will; property reverts to Edward, Charles and Alice Taylor Grubb.
1965 State Senator Robert J. Lagomarsino co-authors Senate Bill 288 with Assemblyman Burt Hansen, calling for establishment of a four year college in Ventura County.
1965 Governor Pat Brown signs a bill authorizing $20,000 for an advance acquisition site study for a state college for Ventura County
1969 CSU purchases 425 acres in Simi Valley for future Ventura County University.
1974 UC/CSU Ventura Learning Center opens. Joyce M. Kennedy hired on a two-month contract to identify postsecondary educational needs of Ventura County.
1975/6 Governor Jerry Brown signs SB 928 authorizing sale of 425 acre Simi Valley site ($3,050,000)
1983 Ventura Learning Center changes name to University Center at Ventura.
1985 Senator Gary Hart introduces SB 1103 to authorize new site selection study for Ventura County; $250,000 is appropriated for the study. Gov. Deukmejian signs into law.
1986 Gov. Deukmejian includes $19 million in proposed budget for the purchase of CSU off campus sites – Ventura and San Diego
1987 Governor signs budget; minimumof $7 million allocated for Ventura. New search process commences. Negotiations for Lusk property abandoned.
1988 With strong community support, CSU Board of Trustees authorize negotiations for a portion of Taylor Ranch for CSU Academic Center. The jointly administered UCSB/CSUN University at Ventura is dissolved. CSUN Ventura Campus moves to expanded quarters at 2151 Alessandro Dr.,Ventura.
1990 Acquisition of the Taylor Ranch site is abandoned after public outcry. CSU establishes 35-member community panel to evaluate alternative campus locations.
1991 CSU Board of Trustees authorizes negotiations to acquire a portion of the Duntley-Chaffee property in Camarillo (Central Avenue). (Purchased in 1996 through condemnation.)
1992 Congressman Robert J. Lagomarsino chooses Cal State Northridge, Ventura Campus as a repository for documents relating to his career in public service.
1995 (May)Chancellor Barry Munitz speaks at rally to mark acquisition of Camarillo (Central Avenue) site and attends unveiling of sign at Central Avenue and Beardsley marking site of proposed CSU campus.
1996 (Jan.)J. Handel Evans appointed Planning President to assist in the development of the Ventura County campus of CSU.
1996 (Mar.)Passage of statewide school bond (Proposition 203) funnels almost $1 million to Ventura campus (CSUCI) for planning.
1996 (Jul. 10)CSU Trustees approve naming of the 23rd campus – California State University Channel Islands. (A panel of community leaders was formed and submitted the name recommendation of California State University Channel Islands which was then presented to the CSU Board of Trustees for approval.)
1996 (Sep.)CSUCI Foundation formed with first organizational meeting held Sep. 1996 Formal approval of Foundation as a non profit organization confirmed Jul. 1997 First meeting of full Foundation Board members held Feb. 11, 1998
1996 (Jul.-Nov.)Governor Wilson appoints a Task Force of community leaders to recommend re-use of the Camarillo State Hospital facility upon closure of the hospital. The first recommendation of the Task Force was the conversion of the facility into a public university.
1997 (Feb.)CSU Channel Islands Steering Committee was formed and the first meeting held Feb. 25, 1997.
1997 (Jul.)Needs Assessment Analysis finalized – "An Assessment of Higher Education Needs in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties - (NCHEMS report)."
1997 (Sep.)SB 623 (O'Connell) approved – transfer of Camarillo State Hospital property to the California State University.
1997 (Sep.)CSU Board of Trustees delegate to the Chancellor the authority to pursueand accept conveyance of the former site of the Camarillo State Hospital to the CSU subject to certain conditions.
1997 (Sep.)CSU Trustees approve moving the CSU Northridge extension facility to the proposed CSUCI campus.
1997 (Oct.)State approves $607,000 in additional start up funds for CSUCI
1998 (Jan.)CSUCI administration (President Evans and staff of four) moves from the Alessandro Street (Ventura) location to the Administration Building on the former Camarillo State Hospital site. (The facility is in "warm shut-down" from Jul. 1997 to Jun. 1998.)
1998 (Feb.)CSU Channel Islands Academic Advisory Council formed and first meeting held Feb. 4, 1999. (The name was subsequently changed to CSU Channel Islands University Planning Council in Jul. 2000.)
1998 (Jun.)EIR Report "CSU Channel Islands Master Plan" published and public hearings held.
1998 (Jul.)Governor Wilson approves permanent base operating budget for CSUCI of $5.2 mllion.
1998 (Aug.)"Green Campus" concept proposed for CSUCI. Workshop: "Growing a Green Campus" held Jun. 11, 1999.
1998 (Fall)First publication of CSU Channel Islands "Current" newsletter.
1998 (Sep.)Governor Wilson approved SB1923 (Jack O'Connell) establishing the CSUCI Site Authority to facilitate and provide for the financing and support of the transition of the site for use as a campus.
1998 (Sep.)CSU Board of Trustees approves EIR and acquisition and reuse of the (former Camarillo State Hospital) facility as CSU's 23rd campus.
1998 (Oct. 1)Conveyance of former Camarillo State Hospital property to the CSU. Conveyance ceremony celebrating the conveyance of the property by Anne Sheehan, Secretary, State and Consumer Service Agency and Acceptance of conveyance of property on behalf of the California State University by Chancellor Charles B. Reed.
1998 (Nov.)CSU Trustees approve budget including $6.5 million for conversion including $11.3 million for renovation and Phase I conversion for Bell Tower building to ready it for incoming CSUN extension students for fall 1999.
1999 (Jan.)Ventura County and Cal Trans identified funds (approximate total $60 million) for road improvements which will benefit CSUCI including reconstruction of the interchange at Lewis Road and Highway 101 and the widening of Lewis Road from Pleasant Valley to Hueneme Road.
1999 (Feb.)Ventura County Transportation Commission allocates approximately $3.2 million to CSUCI for a range of advanced transportation programs meant to minimize pollution and traffic (i.e., bus shuttle, electric bicycles, bike lanes, fuel efficient vehicles.) These grants will assist in furthering development of the "green" campus.
1999 (Mar.)"Dolphins" adopted as the mascot for CSU Channel Islands upon the recommendation and unanimous vote of CSUN Ventura Campus Associated Students on Feb. 18, 1999.
1999 (Feb.)First meeting of the CSU Channel Islands Site Authority held Feb. 1, 1999.
1999 (May)Portion of CALSTART $1 million federal grant award helps create a network of advanced transportation systems at CSUCI using electric vehicles, shuttle buses and a bicycle lending program to assist in our goal as a green campus.
1999 (May)CSU Board of Trustees approve a resolution directing that a new campus, California State University Channel Islands, be established as a comprehensive university in the California State University system subject to certain conditions being met, i.e., establishment of CSUCI is recommended by CPEC; the Chancellor is assured that all relevant trustee policy requirements have been met; the 2000-2001 budget request for $10 million and the 2001-02 budget request for $3 million for a combined permanent cost of $13 are approved; and senior academic staff are selected and hired.
1999 (Jul.)Initial facility renovation project (Bell tower) of 100,000 gross square feet to accommodate relocation of existing CSUN off campus center completed.
1999 (Jul.)Governor Wilson approves permanent $2 million increase in CSUCI's operating budget.
1999 (Jul.)CSUN at Channel Islands (formerly CSUN Ventura Off Campus / Extension Center) moves to campus in Jul. and students begin fall classes on campus in Bell Tower Building in Aug..
1999 (Sep.)John Spoor Broome donates $5 million for the new CSUCI Library.
1999 (Sep.)CSU Trustees approve naming the John Spoor Broome Library at CSU Channel Islands in recognition of Mr. Broome.
2000 (Mar.)Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) published
2000 (Mar.)Martin V. (Bud) Smith establishes a $5 million endowment to CSUCI for business related studies. Gift includes establishing endowments: $1 million for scholarships for students; $2 million for the betterment of the faculty; $1 million for a chair to study land use; and $1 million at the discretion of the President.
2000 (Apr.)Needs analysis prepared for the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) published, "Planning for a New University in Ventura County," calling for opening of the new university in fall 2002, with first freshman class to arrive in Fall 2003.
2000 (May)CSU Trustees approve naming of the Martin V. Smith Building for Business Studies at CSU Channel Islands in honor of Mr. Smith.
2000 (May 10)CSU Board of Trustees approve the joint powers authority "CSUCI Financing Authority" for financing activities at CSUCI
2000 (Jun.)Opening of President's Garden on CSUCI campus Jun. 4, 2000, to celebrate Founding of President' Circle (200 founding members – tile wall unveiled).
2000 (Jun.)CSU Channel Islands Site Authority approves the Supplemental EIR, the Specific Reuse Plan and the Campus Physical Master Plan
2000 (Jun.)Escrow closed on purchase of 35 acre parcel adjacent to campus from the Operating Engineers Trust for $142,000 made possible through a grant from the Wallis Foundation. This land purchase is in keeping with working toward our goal of a green campus by acquiring more open space.
2000 (Jul.)Governor Davis approves $10 million state budget allocation for fiscal year 2000-2001 for CSUCI, which will enable the hiring of the initial planning faculty.
2000 (Jul. 19)CSU Board of Trustees concurred with the findings in the Final Environmental Impact Report for CSUCI, approved the Specific Reuse Plan (which authorizes building 900 homes on 150 acres on the east campus), and approved the initial Campus Physical Master Plan for development of CSUCI over the next 25 years.
2000 (Sep. 16)The first President's Dinner is held on campus in the North Quad Dining Hall with 500 guests in attendance. The evening's honorees include: John S. Broome, Martin V. Smith and Carolyn Leavens.
2000 (Nov. 3)California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) approval of the establishment of CSU Channel Islands.