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History

  • 1886: Anatolia College founded at the Merzifon Seminary with Charles Tracy as President; the students are principally Greek and Armenian, most coming from outside of Merzifon and boarding at the school; the faculty is Greek, Armenian, and American; enrollment soon reaches 115 students.

  • 1894: Anatolia incorporated under the laws of the State of Massachusetts

  • 1920: Campus consists of more than 40 New England style buildings; Anatolia includes a kindergarten, a school for the deaf, high schools for boys and girls, a college-level program, a theological seminary, one of the largest hospitals in Asia Minor, and an orphanage for 2000 orphans.

  • 1924: With help from Eleftherios Venizelos, Anatolia reopens in Thessaloniki, in rented buildings in Harilaou, with 13 students, mostly refugees; enrollment soon jumps to 157.

  • 1934: Anatolia moves to newly constructed campus above the city near the village of Pylea, on the lower slopes of Mt. Hortiatis.

    Macedonia Hall under construction, 1934


  • 1940: Greece enters World War II when Italy invades; school closed, campus used as German headquarters and military hospital.

  • 1945: War ends, Anatolia reopens as repair of damaged campus proceeds; Girls’ school moved into temporary quarters on the Anatolia campus after its building on Allatini Street burns down.

  • 1950: Dr. Carl Compton begins eight year Presidency.

  • 1980: Anatolia begins transition to co-education.

  • 1981: SBALA (School of Business Administration and Liberal Arts) founded to provide post-secondary instruction in business and the liberal arts.

  • 1986: Anatolia College celebrates its centennial year.

  • 1993: The first 4-year Baccalaureate degrees in Liberal Arts and Science are awarded.

  • 1995: Name of the post-secondary institution institution is changed to American College of Thessaloniki.

  • 1997: ACT accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • 1999: Richard L. Jackson assumes the presidency upon retirement of William W. McGrew (1974-1999)

  • 2000: Restructuring of all BA/BS degree program requirements. Introduction of new concentrations and minors.

  • 2001: ACT assumes the project management as well as administrative and financial oversight for all aspects of the AID financed training segment of the World Bank's program for Transportation and Trade Facilitation in South-Eastern Europe; The Board of Trustees approves an intensive American MBA program, effective September 2002.

  • 2002: Inauguration of the Bissell Library which is one of the largest general-purpose English language libraries in Greece.

  • 2002: MBA begins at ACT. The only US accredited MBA program in Northern Greece enrolls 40 students from 3 continents, 7 different countries, six undergraduate disciplines and a broad range of work experience.

  • 2003: The Bissell Library dedicates the Stavros S. Niarchos Technology Center. The Center comprises a teleconferencing room, four classrooms with audiovisual equipment, two computer labs, a multimedia lab and production studio, a networking lab, a computing and telecommunications center and faculty offices.

  • 2003: Re-accreditation of ACT by the NEASC-CIHE with next on-site visitation scheduled for October 2012.

  • 2008: ACT undergraduate programs accredited by the University of Wales, UK.

  • 2009: Dr. Hans Giesecke named 10th President of Anatolia. Anatolia College anounces its Green Initiative.

  • 2010: Anatolia Elementary School (lower campus) moves to new campus.

  • 2011: Establishment of the President’s Club - The institutions’ most steadfast supporters. Renovation of A’ side soccerfield gifted by Anatolia College Alumni Association. Initiated and fulfilled the fundraising goal for the 125th Anniversary Matching Fund.

  • 2013: Dr. Panos Vlachos named 11th President of Anatolia College.
Charles Tracy
President, 1886-1912
Anatolia College, Harilaou
Ernest Riggs
President, 1933-1950
Dr. William McCrew
President, 1974-1999
ACT New Building
Bissell Library of ACT
   
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