The Daniel Years (August 1, 1991-July 31, 2008)


history daniel portraitAugust 1991

Dr. David E. Daniel was hired as Midland College's third president.  Daniel was executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission of Community Colleges when he accepted the Midland position.  He had previously served for 12 years as the president of Wilkes Community College in North Carolina.  He also served a term as chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges and was in that position when selected as MC's third president.

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MC established the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund as an alternative revenue stream with a five-year goal of $5.75 million.

February 1993
Abell-Hanger Foundation, at the suggestion of Midland College President Dr. David Daniel, announced that beginning with the fall semester, scholarship recipients would be required to do community service hours as part of the requirements to receive the Abell-Hanger scholarship.

May 1993
History and government instructor, Dr. Charles Simmons, named a Piper
Professor of 1993.

January 1994
Cogdell South Facility opens.  The building and land were donated by long-time Midland business owner Bill Pace Cogdell.  In 2004, it was renamed the Cogdell Learning Center

Spring 1994
First students inducted into the Abell-Hanger Society.

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Several large contributions were made to the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund (CCEF), and campus buildings were rededicated to honor the donors. 

 • The Student Center was rededicated as the Clarence W. and Dorothy Scharbauer Student Center.
 • The Children's Center was rededicatied as the Helen L. Greathouse Children's Center. The Health Sciences Center was rededicated as the Davidson Family Health Sciences Building.
 • The Administration Building was renamed and dedicated as the Pevehouse Administration Building in honor of Beverly and Joe Pevehouse.


May 1996
With a $350,000 donation, the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund reached
and exceeded the $5.75 million goal one and one-half years ahead of schedule. Fund stood at $6.1 million.

1996
More than $770,000 was raised to fund a technical training center in Ft. Stock
ton, Texas.

March 6, 1997
The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series was inaugurated when biogra
pher, historian, lecturer, and teacher David McCullough spoke at Chaparral Center.

April 1997
Abell-Hanger Foundation and Midland College announce a new, innovative program called Students in Philanthropy.   Twenty-five students will be chosen annually to participate in both the fund-raising and grant-making process of philanthropy.

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August 1997
A joint program between Midland College and Texas Tech University, the physician's assistant program, was presented to the community.

Midlanders Dorothy and Todd Aaron donated $1 million in a challenge grant to fund the building of a new medical science building to house the new physician's assistant program.

Fall 1997
Midland College:  The First 25 Years, a book authorized by President David E. Daniel and edited by H. A. Tuck, former MC public relations and sports information director, and by Karen S. Lanier, MC graduate and student publications lab instructor, was published.

The Advanced Petroleum Geotechnology Training Center, the second institution to offer this training, opened.

October 25 1997
MC opened the campus for the Silver Anniversary Family Day.

October 1997
As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, Midland College honored five men with induction into the new Athletic Hall of Fame.  Inducted were Delnor Poss, Daron "Mookie" Blaylock, Andrew Coltart, Jerry Stone and Anthony "Spud" Webb.

May 1, 1998
MC hires its first chief of police in an effort to give the campus better security with the help of two commissioned police officers.

May 8, 1998
The 25th annual commencement saw 338 graduates including 44 certificate students walk the stage.  This was the first year that certificate students were included in the graduation ceremony. 

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September 30, 1998
Ground was broken for the Midland College/Texas Tech University Dorothy and Todd Aaron Medical Sciences Building.

February 2, 1999
MC's women's softball team plays its first game, beating Ranger College 19-1.

March 1999
The Lady Chaparral basketball team ends season third in the nation.

Summer 1999
New physician's assistant program launches with first students.

Midland College and Midland Independent School District announce plans for an Advanced Technology Center on West Cuthbert that will serve both college and high school students.

September 1999
O'Shaughnessy Hall opens to house female students on campus.

October 1999
College announces the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series, endowed by Phyllis and Bob Cowan.  The series will bring national and international performing arts to the community at no charge.  The announcement came just days before Mrs. Cowan passed away.

1999
Art Professor Warren Taylor is awarded the Minnie Stevens Piper Award.

Fifty-three acres north of the campus were purchased, yielding a campus of 224 acres.

Spring 2000
For the first time, enrollment exceeds 5,000 students at 5,049.

MC announces that men's baseball will be added.  Steve Ramharter is hired as the first coach.  Play will begin in the spring of 2001.

Chaparral men's basketball team finishes sixth at the national tournament.

April 2000
MC's Upward Bound program receives $1 million grant.

Fall 2000
Men's residence hall opens and is full with 96 students.

The Advanced Technology Center opens with 145 high school, 500 college and 150 continuing education students.

Composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch is the first guest of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series.

Child Care program opens at Manor Park primarily to care for children of Manor Park employees.  It will serve as a lab for MC child development students.

November 2000
MC receives $1 million donation from Molly Parsley for the naming and construction of a new academic building, Fox Science.

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Spring 2001
Ground breaks for the new Jack E. Brown Dining Hall near the residence halls on the north side of campus.

August 2001
Dorothy and Todd Aaron Medical Sciences Building dedicated.

September 25, 2001
Jack E. Brown Dining Hall dedicated.

November 2002
The technical training center in Fort Stockton was enlarged and renamed the Williams Regional Technical Training Center in honor of Clayton Williams.

December 2002
The college receives a donation of $1 million from Dollye Neal Ballenger to build and maintain a chapel on campus.

Fall 2003
MC teams with Texas Tech University, Sul Ross State University, University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Lubbock Christian University to allow MC students the opportunity to earn bachelor degrees through distance learning classes.

Campus opens first co-ed residence hall, and it is named Nadine and Tom Craddick Hall.

history daniel DNchapelFebruary 2004
The Dollye Neal Chapel is dedicated.

March 2004
Chaparral men's basketball team ends season at third in the country.

April 2004
Hall's Way, a bridge across the Scharbauer Draw connecting the campus to the Midland Community Theatre's property, is built and dedicated.  The bridge was donated by F. Marie Hall.

College wins approval of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer the Bachelor of Applied Technology degree beginning in Fall 2005. 
Midland College is approved as one of only three community colleges in Texas to offer a baccalaureate degree.  The other two colleges are Brazosport College and South Texas Community College.

Spring 2005
Cosmetology program begins in renovated area of Technology Center.

May 2005
Midlanders overwhelmingly pass the $41.8 million bond for campus improvements.  The first and only other bond was passed in February 1976 approving the construction of the Allison Fine Arts Building and the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

June 21, 2005
Campus dedicates the new Fox Science Building.  Hundreds of students who study science at MC each semester will use state-of-the-art facilities.  The new building replaces the college's 30-year-old science laboratories.  The primary donor for the building is Molly Parsley, and the building is named for her parents Leona G. and John E. Fox.

Fall 2005
Midland College begins to offer an Associate of Arts degree in teaching.

The Petroleum Professional Development Center was acquired and renovated.

November 2005
In its fourth year of existence, the Midland College volleyball team, coached by Erica Elder, traveled to West Plains, Missouri, to participate in the program's first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament.

February 2006
More than 6,000 students enrolled at Midland College, and that number reflects only a fraction of the number of people MC serves in the community.  Enrollment numbers for just credit students show the following:

  • More than 2,000 students are seeking associate degrees
  • More than 2,000 students are planning to transfer to four-year schools
  • More than 1,500 students are enrolled in certificate programs in career & technology fields
  • Sixty-four students have applied to the MC's Bachelor of Applied Technology program
  • Over 3,500 students enrolled in online courses during the year 2005
  • Dual enrollment (high school students taking high school and college credit courses at the same time) is 1,041


When Midlander Todd Aaron died in February, he had already planned for his legacy of giving to Midland College to continue, leaving the majority of his estate to the Midland College Foundation.  The gift, $3,082,117, went into the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund (CCEF).  It was the largest single gift to the Foundation and made the Aarons the second largest contributor to the Foundation, preceded only by the Abell-Hanger Foundation established by George and Gladys Abell.

May 2006
For the third time in 29 years, the Midland College golf team finished their season as the National Junior College Athletic Association champions.  The team pulled together after a long and trying season that saw Coach Delnor Poss coach from his hospital bed.  Poss, well-known throughout the city of Midland, as well as the country, due to his coaching success, was recognized for the third time as the National Coach of the Year.

Fall 2006
MC art students Katie Heck and Sarah Holcomb were the first students honored with a special student exhibit in the Studio 3600 Series at the Allison Fine Arts Building's McCormick Gallery.

October 24, 2006
MC breaks ground on the new 79,072-square-foot Academic Building.  It will become the largest instructional building on campus.  The projected cost of the building is $14,523,000.

Spring 2007
The 2007 Midland College Chaparral basketball team, coached by Grant McCasland, completed its post-season run going 4-0 in the NJCAA National Basketball Championship.  This is the second MC men's basketball national title.  It is also the college's 19th national championship in any sport.

April 2007
The Midland College Students in Philanthropy (SIP) hosted their 10th Annual Grant Awards Reception.  Since its beginnings in the fall of 1997, a total of 263 Midland College students have participated in the program.  In the spring of 2007, SIP received and reviewed 27 grant applications and funded 17 organizations with a total of $20,624.54 in grant awards.  Since its inception, the SIP members have reviewed a total of 298 grant applications, resulting in 165 grants funded, for a total of $187,003.74 in monies raised and awarded to area nonprofit agencies.

May 11, 2007
MC's 34th annual commencement ceremony is especially significant as the college graduated the first bachelor of applied technology students.  In all, more than 500 graduates will cross the stage in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

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Fall 2007
The Pedestrian Mall, the Cogdell Learning Center renovation and expansion and the Maintenance Facility were completed.  All of these projects were funded by the $41.8 million campus improvement bond.

January 2008
David E. Daniel, Midland College president, announced his retirement   Daniel, MC's third president , has held the position since 1991 and said that he believes MC is in good shape and is ready for its next leader. 

May 2008
Midland College hosted its 35th annual commencement ceremony.  More than 600 graduates crossed the stage in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.  Retiring President David E. Daniel conducted his last graduation ceremony.

In late May, the Midland College golf team won its second National Junior College Athletic Association championship in three years, and they came from behind to do it!  Playing in Huntsville, AL, the team was two shots behind when they started the final round.  Englishman David Thomas shot a 1-over-par 73 score, earning him the medalist title.  He is the first player from MC to earn that title.

July 31, 2008
David Daniel retires after 17 years of service--the longest serving president of MC.

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