Wright State University became an independent institution in 1967 and spent the next 50 years growing into an innovative leader in affordable and accessible education. In 2017, we celebrate the first 50 years and set the course for the next half century.

Alumni Profile

Scrap value

Wright State alum Sheila Skimmerhorn remembers the university’s beginnings
Sheila Skimmerhorn, the first student to register and complete her degree at what would become Wright State, kept a scrapbook of the university's early days.

Coming home

Wright State University’s 50th anniversary Homecoming Week ended with the annual Chili Cook-Off and a concert by former student and touring musician Clark Manson.

Walker Allen

Alumnus, Staff

I was hired by Fred White as first registrar when only Allyn Hall existed and was secretary to faculty during development of the bylaws and Faculty Senate. I helped plan and direct first commencement where I received my M.S. in personnel counseling. I also worked with first President Brage Golding.

Janet Harrison Carney

Alumna

In the early 70s, I took a computer class at Wright State. The final consisted of feeding 150 hand-punched cards into the machine to spell 'GOOD MORNING'. I was convinced this computer thing was an expensive fad.

Justin Boggs

Alumnus, 2015

I transferred to Wright State in 2013 and graduated with political science degree in 2015. As a Guardian staffer, I got to travel around the Midwest to cover basketball. My experience at The Guardian helped lead to my current job as a writer and editor for Scripps’ national desk.

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