Professor reflects on this college’s growth

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By Tress-Marie Landa

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Johnnie Rosenauer, business professor and director of the Murguía Learning Institute, started at this college in 1974 and has seen its growth.

“I’ve been blessed to work at San Antonio College for so many years,” he said. “As my career has developed and I have been to other universities, no other campus has had quite the heart that SAC does for its students.”

This college’s history includes three name changes. University Junior College was endorsed by the University of Texas when it first opened in 1925 with an enrollment of 200 students. Later that year the college was transferred to the San Antonio Independent School District and the name was changed to San Antonio Junior College.

James Otis Loftin was this college’s president in 1941 until his death in 1955 and was largely responsible for the college’s growth in academics and social mobility, according to the Texas State Historical Association.

In 1945, the Alamo Community College District assumed control of San Antonio Junior College and St. Philip’s Junior College. Two years later, “Junior” was dropped and the district focused on finding a permanent location for the community colleges. By then, this college had an enrollment of nearly 500 students.

The buildings on the 37-acre campus located off San Pedro Avenue were constructed from 1950 to 1979 and included the Nail Technical Center, Moody Learning Center, Fletcher Administration Center, Koehler Cultural Center, Campus Police Building, Bennett Estate and Child Development Center, according to the TSHA. The Baptist, Church of Christ and Methodist student centers were also constructed during these years.

By 1964 the enrollment was well over 9,100 and continued to rise. The college offered associate degrees in liberal arts and science education, occupational and technical education, extended service or evening courses, developmental education and continuing education.

In 1991 the school had 20,000 credit and 15,000 continuing-education students and continues to have an enrollment of over 22,000 each academic year, making it the largest single-campus community college in Texas.

To encompass all five campuses, trustees approved in 2009 that the district be known as Alamo Colleges, according to this college’s website.

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