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Dr. Golden's Timeline
Dr. Dennis Golden began his tenure at Fontbonne on a cold day in January, 1995. Now, 19 years later, we look back warmly on the career highlights of the university's 13th president as he prepares to retire after the spring 2014 semester.
Dr. Dennis Golden takes office in January 1995, becoming the first male, married, lay president of Fontbonne College.
Golden and Bert Barry, director of international students, travel to Taiwan and Thailand, developing relationships with numerous colleges and universities and signing some of Fontbonne’s first educational agreements for international study.
The Board of Trustees approves a five-year strategic plan (1997-2002) that includes a new articulation of the Fontbonne’s academics, finances, enrollment, technology, institutional image, Mission, Values, and Commitment Statements.
The first phase of the campus master plan begins in August 1998 with initial renovations of what are now known as the East Building (formerly the Fine Arts Building) and a $6.3 million renovation of the Fine Arts Building (formerly Southwest Hall).
In response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, Golden inspires other college and university presidents to write and sign a public declaration that appeared in the media stating their commitment to prepare “our nation’s future leaders with the freedom, knowledge and capabilities to help us all live fully the ideals of democracy and create a better world.”
Fontbonne completes a $3.3 million renovation of the East building, adding classrooms, conference rooms and offices, as well as the newly dedicated Center for Teacher and Therapist Education.
Golden becomes chair of the national board of directors of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
Fontbonne completes a $1.36 million renovation of Dunham Student Activity Center, which creates a more inviting and comfortable place for students with the addition of a new café, fireplace and second-story patio, as well as a refurbished fitness center.
The university inaugurates the first-in-the-nation annual Dedicated Semester program, the only one of its kind in the country, which continues to occur annually. The theme of the first semester, Judaism and Its Cultures, receives the support of the St. Louis Jewish Community Relations Council, which awards the university with the Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award.
The Fontbonne community inaugurates the first-ever Fontbonne Day, a university-wide day of service throughout the St. Louis community that includes students, faculty, staff and administration.
Fontbonne completes an $11.4 million renovation of the former Science Building, now known as Anheuser Busch Hall.
Fontbonne earns an unqualified full ten-year accreditation through 2020 from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The university completes the successful “Now… More Than Ever” comprehensive campaign for $20 million and sets a national record as being the only university campaign with 100 percent participation from all full-time faculty and staff.
The university’s international enrollment grows to an all-time high of 192 and includes students representing 27 different countries.
Fontbonne receives the Export Achievement Certificate from the Commercial Service division of the U.S. Department of Commerce for the university’s excellence in strengthening international relationships.
Golden retires, after 19 years as president of Fontbonne University and 45 years in higher education.