1971 – 2005


Dr. Ewing retires and Dr. Aubrey Lucas takes over as president in August. Freshmen orientation includes a barge trip on Lake Ferguson and a picnic supper on the Arkansas side of the river.


Dr. Lucas reinstates women’s basketball which had been discontinued over forty years earlier. Margaret Wade, a former member of the Rabbit Foot Squad, is appointed head coach.


Board approves adding the educational specialist degree, EdD, in the four areas of administration and supervision, elementary education, guidance and counseling, and physical education. Delta State College becomes Delta State University. The H.L. Nowell Student Union opens. Nixon resigns.


Lady Statesmen cap off their 1974-75 season with the AIAW National Championship. Dr. Lucas resigns to take the president’s post at the University of Southern Mississippi. Class of ’56 alumnus and former assistant to Presidents Ewing and Lucas, Dr. Kent Wyatt is chosen to succeed Dr.Lucas.


Lady Statesmen finish out the 1975-76 season with a repeat championship. Lady Statesmen standout Lusia Harris plays on the women’s U.S. Olympic basketball team and is the first woman to score a basket in the Olympics. Division of Continuing Education and Public Service established under Dr. Daisy Howell. Jimmy Carter elected president.


Third championship for Lady Statesmen. DSU baseball team under Coach Boo Ferris places third at the NCAA Division II Word Series. Department of Music is accredited by the National Council for Schools of Music.


Baseball team places second in the Division II World Series. James M. Ewing Hall opens. School of nursing opens for fall semester.

1978 – 1980

Double-digit inflation and soaring interest rates.


Doctor of Education degree in Professional Studies is approved. Iran hostage crisis. Ronald Reagan is elected president.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art is approved.


Master of Science in Natural Sciences is approved. Mid-year reduction in state appropriation forces the university to eliminate services.


First doctoral degree is awarded. Budget cuts continue.

1985 – 1986

Fund-raising effort begins to construct an Alumni and Foundation House.


Men’s basketball team reaches the NCAA Division II Final Four.


Lady Statesmen win their fourth national championship.


Lady Statesmen win fifth title. School of Nursing occupies the old Cleveland Hospital after major renovations.


Four thousand students are enrolled.


Lady Statesmen win sixth championship.

1994 – 1995

Master of Professional Accountancy and Master of Nursing are approved. Baseball team finishes third in College World Series. Brumby-Castle Resident Hall and Holcombe-Norwood Hall (addition to Wright Art Center) are completed.

1995 – 1996

Executive M.B.A. and Master of Commercial Aviation, Master of Science in Criminal Justice are approved.

1996 – 1997

Master of Science in Community Development and Master of Social Work are approved. Bologna Performing Arts Center opens for its premier season. The University Foundation launches a $5 million campaign.

1997 – 1998

Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum Building is dedicated. University fundraising campaign exceeds $5 million goal.


Dr. Wyatt announces his retirement. Fundraising campaign reaches $10 million. Addition and renovations to W.B. Roberts Library near completion. Dr.David Potter chosen as sixth president.


Delta State University celebrates its 75th anniversary. The Delta Center for Culture and Learning is launched.

Delta State’s football team wins the Division II National Championship. 


Construction is completed on a new 46,000 square foot aquatic center that offers state-of-the-art facilities.


Dr. Potter leaves Delta State University to take a position at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.


Dr. John Hilpert is inaugurated as the 7th president of Delta State.


A new administration building, named in honor of Dr. Kent Wyatt, opens in the fall of 2004.  

The DSU baseball team wins the 2004 Division II National Championship.


Delta State contributes to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort by opening Hugh White Hall to house evacuees.


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