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Arizona State University

History

History - Then

On Feb. 26, 1885, House Bill 164, "An Act to Establish a Normal School in the Territory of Arizona," was introduced in the 13th Legislative Assembly of Arizona Territory by John Samuel Armstrong.

The bill, strongly supported by Charles Trumbull Hayden of Tempe, Ariz. passed the House on March 6 and the Council on March 11 and was signed by Governor F. A. Tritle on March 12, 1885, thereby founding the institution known today as Arizona State University.

Under the supervision of Principal Hiram Bradford Farmer, instruction was instituted on Feb. 8, 1886, when 33 students met in a single room on land donated by George and Martha Wilson of Tempe.

History - Today

In addition to the historic campus in Tempe, a college town in the midst of a dynamic metropolitan region, the university comprises three newer campuses with more specialized missions: ASU's West campus, in northwest Phoenix adjacent to Glendale, and ASU's East campus, a polytechnic college, in Mesa.

In August 2006, ASU's extended campus opened in downtown Phoenix offering academic programs and professional certificate programs.


Become a Student

Student Information

Undergraduate Admissions
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
(480) 965-7788


Alumni

ASU Alumni Association

P.O. Box 873702
Tempe, AZ 85287
1-800-ALUMNUS
alumni@asu.edu
For more information visit the alumni website
http://alumni.asu.edu

 

ASU Presidents

1886-1888

1st Principal
   
Hiram Bradford Farmer

 

 
Hiram Bradford Farmer
   
     

1888-1890

2nd Principal
   
Robert Lindley Long

 

 
Robert Lindley Long
   
     

1890-1892

3rd Principal
   
Dayton A. Reed

 

 
Dayton A. Reed
   
     

1892-1895

4th Principal
   
Edgar L. Storment

 

 
Edgar L. Storment
   
     

1895-1899

5th Principal
   
James McNaughton

 

 
Dr. James McNaughton
   
     

1899-1900

6th Principal
   
Joseph Warren Smith

 

 
Joseph Warren Smith
   
     

1900-1904

1904-1930

7th Principal
7th President
   
Arthur John Matthews

 

 
Arthur John Matthews
   
     

1930-1933

8th President
   
Ralph Waldo Swetman

 

 
Ralph Waldo Swetman
   
     

1933-1959

9th President
   
Grady Gammage

 

 
Grady Gammage
   
     

1959-1960

10th President
   
Harold D. Richardson

 

 
Harold D. Richardson
   
     

1960-1969

11th President
   
G. Homer Durham

 

 
G. Homer Durham
   
     

1969-1971

12th President
   
Harry K. Newburn

 

 
Harry K. Newburn
   
     

1971-1981

13th President
   
John W. Schwada

 

 
John W. Schwada
   
     

1981-1989

14th President
   
J. Russell Nelson

 

 
J. Russell Nelson
   
     

1990-2002

15th President
   
Lattie F. Coor

 

 
Lattie F. Coor
   
     

2002-Present

16th President
   
Michael M. Crow

 

 
Michael M. Crow
  Biography