College Timeline

1928 Division of Physical Education was created with Carl Schott as director. Elizabeth Moore Hall was opened

1929 Field House, now Stansbury Hall, was opened

1930 Baccalaureate degree in Physical Education was approved

1932 First Physical Education graduation class

1937 School of Physical Education was created with Alden Thompson as dean. Master of Science in Physical Education was approved and Sara Cree was first graduate

1952 Ray 0. Duncan became the School's third academic dean

1961 School changed its name to School of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Safety

1966 School changed its name to School of Physical Education

1969 Charles P. Yost named the School's fifth dean

1970 Coliseum opened with a rock concert on September 19

1972 J. William Douglas replaced John Semon as Chair, Department of Physical Education for Men

1973 Separate Physical Education departments for men and women were eliminated. Patricia K. Fehl was named Chair, Department of General Physical Education; Douglas, Chair, Professional Physical Education

1974 Non-teaching curricula in the School were introduced in sport management, sport broadcasting, and exercise physiology

1976 Athletic training education program was initiated with John C. Spiker as the curriculum director

1979 J. William Douglas appointed the School's sixth dean

1987 Dana D. Brooks was named Associate Dean of the School

1991 School reorganized into Division of Health, Physical Education, and Athletic Training and Division of Health Promotion

1992 J. William Douglas resigned and was replaced by the previous Associate Dean, Dana D. Brooks

1992 Norman Harris room dedication

1993 Brooks named the School's seventh dean

1993 Jack Roberts conference room dedication

1994 Libby Leaseburg Manus classroom dedication

1997 John Semon classroom dedication

1998 Athletic Training became an approved major

1999 School of PE relocated to Grand Central Station due to asbestos removal in the Coliseum

2004 John McGrath, assistant professor and WVU Men’s Soccer coach, announces retirement

2005 Ware Distinguished Professor Linda Carson receives highest honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work in children’s wellness and fitness

2006 WVU awards honorary doctorate degree to Jerry West, CPASS Outstanding Alumnus 

2006 Kacy Wiedebusch retirement 

2007 75th Anniversary celebration, keynote dinner, featuring Coach Bob Huggins

2008 Official renaming of College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

2008 Weight Management Program collaboration with the WV Public Employees Insurance Agency kicks off

2009 Al and Dee Ware establish the Ware Distinguished Professorship, the college’s first, awarded to Dr. Eloise Elliott

2013 Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Lynn Housner retires

2013 Celebration of Dr. Patricia K. Fehl $3.4 million gift to the college

2014 College moves from Coliseum into new Health and Education building on the Evansdale campus, wellness precinct. Creates interactive feature wall in main lobby, honoring Hall of Fame inductees and donors, using touch screen technology for the first time in a WVU college-based facility

2014 Ferris and Deanna Antoon Classroom dedication

2015 Bob and June Huggins Conference Room and Scholarship celebration

2015 Celebration of Old Pros Reunion

2015 College hosts Tribute to Pioneering African-American Student-Athletes at West Virginia University

2015 College establishes Office of Student Success, focusing on advising, recruitment and retention

2015 WVU Athletic Training celebrates 40th Anniversary; John Spiker retires from program

2015 National Inclusion Project partnership with Lifetime Activities to provide training funding 

2016 College adds 15 new building and major planned gifts to portfolio

2016 Establishment of Dr. John and Kacey Gay Research Wall, creating the second interactive monitor in college’s main lobby

2016 Russell “Bud” Bolton Center for Sport Ethics established

2016 Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series hosts Intercollegiate Athletics: Current and Future Directions

2016 College celebrates 18 scholarship endowments

2016 Establishment of Dr. Pat Fehl Endowed Professorship awarded to Sam Zizzi, Ed.D.

2017 CPASS celebrates its 85th Anniversary 

2017 CPASS Sport Management  graduate program is listed as the 44th best sport management program worldwide (Top 50)

2017 CPASS partners with WVU  Reed College of Media to develop undergraduate major to focus on sports and adventure media

2018 Partnership ends with National Inclusion Project 

2018 Weight Management Program partnership with PEIA ends

2018 Center for ActiveWV established

2019 Health and Well-being major established at CPASS

2019 Dean Dana Brooks retires from CPASS after 41 years

2019 CPASS opens Steelcase Education Active Learning Center

2019 CPASS establishes  Coaching and Performance Science program  

2019 E. Moore Hall and Natatorium Pools closure

2019 NYSP closes after 33 years

2019 Lifetime Activities Program ends

2020 Last Master of Science ATTR class graduated

2020 ATTR Master's program moved to Health Sciences          

2020 Jack Watson named the College’s 8th Dean