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Father William Troy,
Fr. Troy came to Wheeling in 1955 to serve as the college's first dean of the faculty, and he is credited with an important role in the college's rapid growth. He was very involved with the community,serving as president of the Wheeling Area Conference on Community Devlopment and Oglebay Institute, as well as being on the board of the Iroquois Council of Boy Scouts, United Fund and Community Chest of Wheeling. He was born in Reading, PA, April 8, 1920, and was ordained in Woodstock, MD, on June 18, 1950. He left the college in 1966 to work at the Jesuit order's regional headquarters in Baltimore, and died November 14, 1967, at age 47. He was remembered by his successor, Fr. Frank R. Haig, S.J., who said, "I suppose one could say Fr. Troy was first of all a priest, a religious leader, who felt his job was to advance the development of Wheeling. Most of all, he was considerate, kind and gentle. We will miss him." Troy Associates was formed in 1980 to recognize significant donors to the college.
May 5 -- U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey, the 1968 Democratic Party nominee for President, speaks to a standing-room-only crowd at Swint Hall. His topics include an end to the arms race with the Soviet Union and a war on poverty, disease, hunger and illiteracy.
Summer -- The college offers summer classes for the first time.
February 14 -- Wheeling College, West Liberty State College and Bethany College agree to form the Ohio Valley Collegiate Conference for the purpose of better communication among the three schools.
March 29 -- Wheeling College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The college was accredited in the minimum possible time, and students were given April 2 as a holiday to celebrate.
November 2 -- Archbishop John J. Swint dies at age 82.
December 1 -- The Wheeling College gymnasium is formally opened.
Fall -- The first formal meeting of the Wheeling College Alumni Association is held. Thomas C. Jones '60 is elected as the group's first president.
November 20 -- Legendary singing group "The Lettermen" perform at Wheeling College's 10th Anniversary Dinner and Dance.
January -- A $5 million expansion program is announced, which will include a library, campus center, theater and two residence halls. Completion is expected by the fall of 1970.
Third President -
Father Frank R. Haig, S.J., 1966-72
A member of the physics department since 1963, Fr. Haig took over as college President July 15, 1966. "The world will be what our men and women of insight make it to be," Haig said at his inauguration. "It is a challenge to be asked to help them see all right." He resigned August 21, 1972, to become president of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. He is the brother of Alexander M. Haig, who was a member of President Ronald Reagan's cabinet and served as a military advisor to President Richard Nixon.
-- Robert Arkle '62 and John DiBacco '62 become the first Wheeling College alumni to be ordained to the priesthood.
November 14 -- Fr. Troy, the college's second president and first academic dean, dies in Cape May, NJ, at age 47.
October 30 -- Several Wheeling College students protest a Wheeling appearance by Independent Presidential candidate George Wallace.
December 4 -- Betty Friedan, president of the National Organization of Women and author of "The Feminine Mystique," makes a speech in the Wheeling College Field House.
February 8 -- The Wheeling College women's basketball team wins its first-ever game, beating Ohio University-Belmont, 35-26. Mary Fitzpatrick is the high scorer with 14 points.
September -- A theology major is added to the college curriculum.