The University’s first woman president, Peggy Gordon Elliott, sought to make the campus more “student-friendly,” especially in serving those older and part-time students whom she called the “New Majority.” During President Elliott’s tenure the University Council was dissolved and the Faculty Senate created to provide a new system of governance for the institution.
Faculty Senate is chartered.
The Polsky Building on Main Street is opened. It is Ohio's largest academic building, the largest construction project undertaken by the University to date and a prominent extension of the campus into downtown.
The polymer science program breaks into the top five of national rankings by U.S. News & World Report for the first time. The program is ranked second in the U.S.