Historical dates: 1980s | Webster University

Historical dates: 1980s

  • 1980: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program began in Kansas City, and a Licensed Practical Nursing (L.P.N.) program opened at Bethesda Dilworth Nursing Home in St. Louis.
  • 1981: The Vienna campus opened in August.
  • 1983: The Leiden campus opened in October.
  • 1983: The B.S.N. program expanded to St. Luke‘s Hospital in St. Louis.
  • 1983: On Feb. 1, Webster College changed its name to Webster University to describe more adequately the scope of the institution.
  • 1985: A capital campaign for $14.7 million was announced to fund the Leif J. Sverdrup Business and Technology Complex and the University Center. The campaign was completed on schedule in 1990, raising $15.3 million.
  • 1985: Accelerated B.A./M.A. and M.B.A. degree programs were introduced.
  • 1985: The NCAA accepted Webster as a Division III member.
  • 1986: The Downtown campus moved to the Lammert Building.
  • 1986: The London campus opened in October.
  • 1987: The University renovated the Dooley estate (purchased in 1984) at 8260 Big Bend Boulevard. The Pearson House, renamed for the late Dr. Deborah Pearson, S.L. (B.A. ‘54), a professor in the Department of Literature and Language (now Dept. of English), currently houses the departments of English and Philosophy.
  • 1988: The Leif J. Sverdrup Business and Technology Complex opened for spring semester classes. The Sverdrup Complex originally housed the departments of Computer Studies and Mathematics, Business and Management, and Media Communications. The 66,000-square-foot classroom facility, in a style described as prairie basilica, was constructed at a cost of $6.9 million.
  • 1988: The Doctor of Management program began in the Spring semester.
  • 1989: The Downtown campus moved to larger quarters on the ground floor of the Lammert Building. The Northwest Plaza campus moved to larger quarters on the sixth floor of the Tower Building.