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 Lake Michigan College Time Line



  • September 9 - Benton Harbor Junior College (BHJC) opened its doors to the first 78 students – at Benton Harbor High School
  • Dr. Clarence G. Beckwith became Dean of Benton Harbor Junior College.


  • The War Assets Administration provided an old Quonset hut which the students took to calling “Old Maimed” – classes at both the Quonset hut and the high school.


  • The old Central School on Pipestone was chosen to be the new school. Built in the 1860’s, this old building was refurbished and became the third home for the new College in the summer of 1948.


  • On May 4, the Benton Harbor Board of Education renamed the College Benton Harbor Community College and Technical Institute (CCTI).
  • The title of Chief Administrator was changed from Dean to President.


  • October 26, the College was approached by the Whirlpool Foundation with the possibility of establishing a technical institute. After Michigan State University made a study of the technical needs of the community, the College and the Foundation announced the establishment of the Whirlpool Foundation technical Institute which would give the students a high level of technical training.


  • Construction began in March, initial cost $260,000 for the new building at 715 East Britain Avenue.
  • In December, the State Fire Marshall condemned the old Central School site.


  • Classes in the new Britain Avenue campus started in January.


  • Dr. Robert E. Lahti was named the second  president of CCTI.


  • The Whirlpool Foundation Institute finished the modern technical building and language labs and renamed it the Louis Cassius Upton Memorial Technical Center.


  • CCTI is renamed Lake Michigan College as it becomes a county district. New facilities sought.


  • President Lahti gave his resignation to the Board of Trustees on Sept 27 (18), to be enacted by Oct 9, 1965, and a three man Administrative Committee directed college operations: Clarence H. Schauer, Jerry G. Solloway and Henry H. Brown.
  • Land bought for new facility.


  • Dr. Robert H. Plummer became the third president of Lake Michigan College.


  • Dr. James L. Lehman was named the fourth president of Lake Michigan College.
  • July – groundbreaking ceremonies for Science & Fine Arts building, Library & Learning Resource Center – Phase I.


  • October - First phase completed, Phase II started.


  • June 16 -18, Moving day for staff.
  • Library completed.
  • Monday, June 23, first day of class for summer session in new the building at Napier Avenue.


  • Phase II completed, Phase III started.


  • March 6 – Faculty strike.


  • Phase III completed.


  • Dedication of the Napier Avenue Campus on October 2.


  • Dr. Walter Browe was Interim President for a couple months before being named the fifth president.


  • Dr. Anne E. Mulder was named the sixth president.


  • Greg A. Koroch was Interim President.


  • Dr. Richard J. Pappas was named the seventh president.


  • Distance learning offered at LMC through telecourses.


  • Mendel Center Mainstage and Upton Telecommunications Center open.


  • College celebrates 50th anniversary.


  • Bertrand Crossing Campus is completed and opens for classes.


  • Title III federal grant helps to create 100% wired classrooms and expansion of online classes.


  • M-TEC at Lake Michigan College opens.
  • One Stop Student and the Financial Services Center opens.


  • The Library is rededicated as the William Hessel Library, the library Dean from 1957-1985.


  • South Haven residents vote to join LMC district.


  • South Haven Campus is completed and opens for classes.


  • Dr. Robert Harrison - Interim President.
  • The One-Stop Student Center and the Financial Services Center is named the Richard J. Pappas Student Services Center in honor of the seventh president.


  • Dr. Randall R. Miller named the eighth president
  • Nursing Education Center opens on Napier Avenue campus.


  • Bertrand Crossing Campus celebrates 10th anniversary; South Haven Campus marks 5th anniversary.


  • Dr. Robert Harrison - Interim President.
  • Dr. Robert Harrison becomes the ninth president.


  • The new Science Learning Labs open at the Napier Campus.


  • Renovation of dental assisting lab completed.
  • Changed mascot from Indians to Red Hawks.


  • Construction begins on Beckwith Hall, the first residence hall at the Napier Campus, and a new student activity center is named The Hawks' Nest.


  • The first student residents move into Beckwith Hall.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in energy production and distribution management, the college's first baccalaureate degree program.


  • Construction begins on the Hansen Technology Center located on College campus. Set to open Fall 2016.
  • Enology and viticulture (wine) program and medical assistant program added.
  • Dr. Robert Harrison announces his retirement and Dr. Jennifer Spielvogel is named president.


  • Dr. Jennifer Spielvogel begins her term as College president in January; fired on May 5, 2016; sues College.
  • Robert Harrison, President Emeritus/Acting CEO.
  • Geospatial information science and technology program offered as a certificate begins in summer.
  • New associate's degree in applied science in engineering technology program will begin in the fall.
  • Berrien County Fifth Year Early/Middle School College program to start in fall.
  • Transfer agreements signed between LMC and WMU for K-5 and K-8 programs.
  • Pharmacy technician program, now available for certificate or an associate's degree.
  • Hanson Technology Center opened in fall.
  • Receipt of grant towards creating Great Lakes Wine Institute.
  • 0.48 mill capital millage request passed.


  • College celebrated grand opening of its cutting edge Fab Lab.
  • Economic Club of Southwest Michigan turns over its long-standing speaker series to the College.
  • Dr. Trevor Kubatzke begins his term as president in April.
  • Received a $3 million federal education grant designed to keep students on track academically and career-wise. LMC was Michigan's only community college to get the U.S. Department's Part F Title III Strengthening Institutions grant, which is good for five years.
  • LMC unveiled its new Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) model, which allows students to switch back and forth between attending classes online or in person.


  • LMC receives a $180,000 state grant that will allow it to join Kinexus in offering an apprenticeship program. The program will focus on helping companies fill entry-level machining and manufacturing jobs.
  • College offers a free, new program, called College Essentials for adults thinking about going to college for the first time or returning to school after a hiatus.
  • LMC offers new 7-week program for automation engineering.
  • College purchases former WMU-SW building. The building will be called the Todd Center, after Edward J. Todd.


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