Jefferson State alumni, students, and friends gathered to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Shelby-Hoover Campus on February 16, 2018 at the Judy M. Merritt Health Sciences Building.
The Shelby-Hoover Campus has served more than 77,900 students and awarded 10,011 associate degrees.
Jefferson State greatly appreciates the partnerships and collaboration that has made this campus such a vital part of the community.
Shelby-Hoover Campus History
September 30, 1965 – Jefferson State Junior College opens with approximately 1,200 freshmen enrolled under the leadership of President Leroy Brown.
December 5, 1968 – Jefferson State earns initial accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, making Jefferson State the first junior college in the state to receive national accreditation.
May 30, 1973 – Jefferson State partners with Berry High School to establish an off-campus extension center to accommodate the southern part of Jefferson County and Shelby County.
November 27, 1979 – Dr. Judy M. Merritt named President of Jefferson State Junior College.
February 23, 1989 – Jefferson State Junior College officially changes name to Jefferson State Community College to recognize the college’s broader scope of programs and services.
October 24, 1991 – State Board of Education authorizes Jefferson State to establish an educational site in Shelby County.
January 4, 1993 – Original building at the Shelby Site opened for classes.
September 1, 1993 – Jefferson State’s Shelby Site exceeds enrollment expectations with approximately 1,000 students in the first year.
March 28, 1996 – With the expansion of services offered to students, the Alabama State Board of Education approves the Jefferson State Shelby Site to be designated as the Shelby Campus.
September 7, 2000 – The General Studies Building, the second building at the Shelby Campus, opens for classes.
April 8, 2004 – The Shelby Campus renamed as the Shelby-Hoover Campus.
January 5, 2008 – The Health Sciences Building, Jefferson State’s largest building, opens at the Shelby-Hoover Campus.
June 30, 2014 – After 35 years as president, Judy M. Merritt retires from Jefferson State.
July 1, 2014 – Keith A. Brown appointed Interim President of Jefferson State.
April 8, 2015 – The Alabama State Board of Education approves the naming of the Health Sciences Building at the Shelby-Hoover Campus in memory of Dr. Judy M. Merritt.
May 7, 2015 – The Shelby-Hoover Campus hosts Jefferson State’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
February 16, 2018 – Shelby-Hoover Campus celebrates 25th Anniversary