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Georgetown University Timeline

A timeline of significant events in the history of Georgetown University



President-elect Bill Clinton speaks in front of the Old North porch  President-elect Bill Clinton, 1993




  • Young, Gifted and Black yearbook is published


  • Dental School closes due to a decline in the number of applicants and rising costs


  • Exorcist III is filmed on campus




  • Women’s Center, located in New South, opens in March


  •  Task Force on the Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Women on the Main Campus publishes its report. The first of its kind at Georgetown, the report focuses on the status of female academic employees


  • Men’s crew win their first Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship with a victory in the varsity four with coxswain at the 89th IRA Championships on Lake Onondaga in Syracuse, N.Y. 




  • Center for International Business Education and Research is established




  • President-elect Bill Clinton, F’1968, addresses the Diplomatic Corps from the steps of Old North on January 18 as part of his pre-inaugural activities


  • Business Administration School changes its name to the Business School


  • Center for Muslin-Christian Understanding is established




  • Executive MBA program starts



  • Uncommon Grounds, the first coffee shop operated by Students of Georgetown Inc. (The Corp), opens opposite the University bookstore in the Leavey Center


  • Peter Krogh retires as Dean of the Foreign Service School


  • King Felipe of Spain (then Prince Felipe) receives a masters degree in International Relations


  • Languages and Linguistics School joins the College of Arts and Sciences as a degree program under the name of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (FLL)


  • Rangila is produced by the South Asian Society for the first time




  • Joint MBA-M.D. program starts




  • Bradley Cooper graduates from Georgetown College


  • Home basketball games move to the 20,600 seat MCI Center, now known as Capital One Arena


  • Dr. Carolyn Robinowitz becomes the first woman Dean of the Medical School; she is the first woman psychiatrist to be named dean of a United States medical school


  • Health studies major begins in the Nursing School


  • Robert McDonough, F’1949, donates $30 million to Georgetown and the Business School is named for him


  • Dorothy Brown is appointed interim Provost 




  • John Thompson resigns as head men’s basketball coach in January, after 26 and a half seasons at the University. He has led Georgetown teams to 20 NCAA Tournaments, seven Big East Championships, three Final Four Appearances, and one National Championship


  • Dorothy Brown is appointed as the first woman Provost, a position she holds until 2002. Dr. Brown was one of the early women faculty in Georgetown College. She joined the faculty in 1966


  • Mary Fenlon retires in July after 27 years at Georgetown. One of the first academic coordinators in the country, she was the first person Coach John Thompson hired when he came to Georgetown. During her tenure, 97 percent of the players who stayed at the school for four years graduated


  • Jane McAuliffe becomes the first woman Dean of Georgetown College


  • Members of the Georgetown Solidarity Committee stage an 85-hour sit-in at President Leo O’Donovan’s office in February to protest working conditions in factories that make Georgetown’s collegiate apparel. At issue is a code of conduct agreement from the Collegiate Licensing Company that does not disclose the location of the factories. The sit-in ends when a compromise is reached between the students and Dean of Students James A. Donahue, whereby Georgetown will seek public disclosure of factory locations


  • Faculty committees are set up to develop strategies to implement recommendations for enhancing the school’s Catholic-Jesuit identity


  • First Muslim chaplain is appointed in Campus Ministry


  • University makes a $1 million investment to help launch City First Bank whose mission is to provide financial and other services in low- and moderate- income communities


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