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Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is a public, master's-level university that offers some doctoral programs in cooperation with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



1 Morrow Way
Slippery Rock
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Slippery Rock University opened its doors on March 26, 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School. Its first president was James E. Morrow, grandfather of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and the enrollment for the first session was 168 students. Limited to a singular mission in teacher education, the normal school over the years fulfilled its mandate well, graduating thousands of students to staff the public schools in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. In 1926, the institution was purchased by the Commonwealth, became a four-year teachers college, and continued the tradition of teacher training. While the curricular preparations were in elementary education and in a number of secondary education subjects, the area of academic focus which was assigned at that time by the Pennsylvania Department of Education was in health and physical education. And it was in that concentration that the institution soon achieved a national reputation for excellence. Slippery Rock State College was established in 1960 and for the first time, could award undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and in the professions. Expanded curricular offerings and an increased number of degree programs created an appreciable rise in enrollment. From 1960 to 1970, enrollment rose from 1,314 to 5,446 students. Over a decade later, as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Slippery Rock University enjoys an enrollment of some 8,852 students in more than 100 degree programs. Students are enrolled from 41 states and 34 countries. The term, principal, was the title used for the chief executive officer of the Slippery Rock State Normal School at its founding in 1889. Initially, the Normal School offered primarily a two year education. Students successfully completing the curriculum and all state-level examinations were awarded the Bachelor of the Elements diploma and permitted to teach in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania public schools. This diploma was not equivalent to a four-year, baccalaureate degree. However, as Slippery Rock State Normal School developed a three-year and ultimately a four-year curriculum, it became eligible to award a four-year bachelor�s degree. The name of the school could not be changed officially until it graduated the first student. The graduation and subsequent name change to Slippery Rock State Teacher�s College occurred in 1927. From that point forward, the title, president, was used.

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The fundamental mission of Slippery Rock University is to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate academic instruction. Complementary missions are to conduct scholarly research, to promote professional performance, and to address the educationally-related economic, health, environmental, social, cultural, and recreational needs of the region served by the university. In accomplishing these missions, Slippery Rock University primarily focuses its efforts on the academic areas of:



Chuck Aber � Actor, "Neighbor Aber" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Matt Adams - Professional baseball player - first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals Janet Anderson - Professional golfer Cheryl Bailey - Former general manager of U.S. Women's National Soccer, Commissioner of National Women's Soccer League Francis V. Barnes - Secretary of Education for the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 2004 to 2005 David Batra - Swedish stand up comedian and TV actor Stephen Bolles - lawyer and politician Myron Brown - Former NBA player drafted in the 2nd round of the 1991 NBA draft Matthew Driscoll ('92) - Men's basketball head coach at the University of North Florida Stanley Joseph Dziedzic, Jr. ('72) � American wrestler who earned a bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Greg Hopkins - Arena Football League wide receiver/linebacker, Los Angeles Avengers Donnie Iris - American rock n' roll artist from Ellwood City Charles William Kerr - pioneer Presbyterian minister in Oklahoma Jodi Kest - Head Coach, University of Akron Women's Basketball team Matt Kinsinger - Arena Football League fullback/linebacker for the Chicago Rush Gary L. Lancaster - Federal District Judge Western District of Pennsylvania Brian Minto - Professional boxer Sarah Patterson - Head Coach, University of Alabama Gymnastics team, winner of five national championships, six SEC championships. Timothy Plumberg, international teacher and sarcasm extraordinaire Pedro Power - Professional Soccer player, Lawrence Reed - president of the Foundation for Economic Education, former president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy M. Richard Rose (1955) - Former President of Alfred University and the Rochester Institute of Technology Robert J. Stevens - Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer - Lockheed Martin Corporation C. Vivian Stringer - Rutgers Women's basketball coach Royce Waltman - Former Head Coach, Men's Basketball; Indiana State University, Univ. of Indianapolis and DePauw University. Brandon Fusco - Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Played center while at Slippery Rock.