1886State Normal School for Colored Persons established
John Henry Jackson named first president
1887Recitation Hall (now Jackson Hall) built
1897Library consisted of 400 books and 650 pamphlets
1898James Edward Givens named second president
Board of Trustees purchased 265 acres adjacent to original 29-acre campus
1890Morrill Land Grant Act added departments of agriculture, mechanics and domestic economy
1900James Shelton Hathaway named third president
152 students enrolled
1902Name changed to Kentucky Normal Industrial Institute
Kentucky Legislature increased annual state support to $5,000 and allotted $15,000 for construction of a female dormitory
1903111 female students, 89 male students from 45 of Kentucky’s then-119 counties
1907John Henry Jackson becomes the fourth president
1908State appropriated $40,000 for construction and improvements
1909Hume Hall and original Trades Building added
1910James Shelton Hathaway becomes the fifth president
First athletic teams organized
1911First summer session held
1912Green Pickney Russell named sixth president
10 staff, 300 students and $11,000 annual budget
1917Enrollment reached 830, including students in the high school program
1920Russell Memorial Hall built
1921$7,500 received from Veteran’s Bureau for World War I veterans’ scholarships
1922Legislature approved $42,000 for capital construction
1923Francis Marion Wood named seventh president
1924Green Pickney Russell becomes the eighth president
1926Name changed to Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons
Three female students died in a dorm fire
1928$184,145.66 allocated for a new women’s dorm
1929Rufus B. Atwood named ninth president
High school program phased out
1931Bell Gymnasium built at a cost of $32,000
Bachelor’s programs in agriculture and health and physical education were added
Departments of English, modern languages, home economics, history and government, sociology and economics, and natural sciences and mathematics were added
1935Atwood Hall (men’s dorm) built
1936Music education program added
1938Name changed to Kentucky State College for Negroes
193929 student scholarships totaling $2,485.75 awarded
Library contained 12,000 books and periodicals
Mildred Chandler Hall (women’s dorm) built
1940E.E. Underwood Refectory, first student dining facility, completed
1949McCullin Hall built
1952Name changed to Kentucky State College
1954Rosenwald Laboratory School Building built
1956Accreditation received from the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education
1957Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the commencement speaker
1958KSU became one of the first 14 black colleges to be granted full membership to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Blazer Library built. An annex was added in 1968
1960Fire destroyed Bell Gymnasium
First white student enrolled
Alumni House built
1961Agriculture department eliminated
1962Carl McClellan Hill named 10th president
Bell Gymnacium rebuilt in old location
1963Board of Regents approved a $9 million expansion plan
1964Enrollment reached 1,226
Combs and Hunter Halls (dorms) built
1965Bradford Hall built
1967Hathaway Hall and Whitney M. Young Jr. Hall built
1968Carver Hall Annex completed
1969Athletic Complex built
1970KSC had 1,600 students
Jones Field House and Shauntee Hall built
Men's Basketball Team won NAIA Championship
1971Carl M. Hill Student Center built. Additions were made in 1984 and 2003
Betty White Health Center built
Men's Basketball Team won NAIA Championship
1972The college became Kentucky State University
Hillcrest, the president's residence, was built
Men's Basketball Team won NAIA Championship
1973Jackson Hall added to National Register of Historic Places
The first graduate students enrolled in the School of Public Affairs
197412 students awarded the first Master of Public Administration degrees
1975William A. Butts named 11th president
Federal Financial Aid allocation reached $1.2 million
The pre-law curriculum added
1977Gov. Julian Carroll committed $10 million for improvements to KSU
Memorial Athletic Complex and Alumni Stadium built
1978KSU received its first large private grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the amount of $406,000
1981Julian Carroll Academic Services Building built
KSU won NAIA Women's Basketball Championship
1982Raymond M. Burse named 12th president
Center of Excellence for the Study of Kentucky African Americans established
1983Whitney M. Young Jr. College of Leadership Studies opened
1984Aquaculture Research Center built
1986The University celebrated its centennial anniversary
The University bought the Research and Demonstration Farm
1989Mary Levi Smith named interim president
1990John T. Wolfe Jr. named 13th president
1991Mary Smith named 14th president
1992William Exum Center built
1993Cooperative Extension Building built
1998Dr. George W. Reid named 15th president
Whitney M. Young Jr. statue erected at the front entrance of campus
1999Aquaculture became KSU's program of distinction
Chappell Building built
2002Dr. Paul Bibbins named short-term interim president
KSU awarded its first Master of Aquaculture degree
2003Dr. William H. Turner named long-term interim president
2004Dr. Mary Evans Sias named 16th president
2005KSU purchased 320 acres in Henry County for its Environmental Education Center
2007The School of Education introduced the Master of Special Education, KSU's first completely online academic program
2008Hathaway Hall was renovated and the new Whitney M. Young Jr. Residence Hall was built. The former Young Hall was renamed The Halls.
2009KSU's university-wide accreditation reaffirmed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
2010School of Business accreditation reaffirmed
Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families built
2011College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems established
KSU held its first Fall Commencement in December
Groundbreaking held for the Dr. Henry E. Cheaney Legacy Plaza
2012Aquaculture Production Technologies Laboratory built
2013Rosenwald Center for Families and Children opened
Award-winning Kentucky River Thorobred science boat unveiled
2014Raymond M. Burse named 17th president
2016Aaron Thompson named interim president
2017M. Christopher Brown II named the 18th president