• Larry D. Shinn becomes Berea's eighth president. Since taking office, Shinn has led the College in strategic planning process to ensure Berea is prepared for the 21st century. Emphasizing the Berea traditions of labor, learning, and service, Shinn has supported strategic initiatives in sustainability, technology, and international study - while reaffirming the College's inclusive Christian identity, academic excellence, and service to the Appalachian region.
• Seabury Center Gymnasium renovation and expansion project is dedicated on October 27.
• A tornado touches down in Berea and on various parts of the College campus. Many of the old growth trees on the Quadrangle are uprooted. Students, faculty, and staff pitch in to clean up both the College and the community.
• Renovations of Frost, Draper, Lincoln Hall (with LEED certification), Talcott/Kentucky, Presser Hall/Gray Auditorium mark the beginning of the 21st century.
• The Dimitri Berea Gallery is dedicated on February 21.
• 40th Anniversary of Berea College's participation in the Selma to Montgomery march.
• Groundbreaking for the new Berea College Heat Plant. Using eco-friendly technologies, the new heat plant will provide for the College's heating and cooling needs in the most energy-efficient manner possible.
• The City of Berea formally purchases Berea College Utilities.
• The Ecovillage, SENS House, and Boyd and Gaynell Fowler Child Development Laboratory are formally dedicated. The Ecovillage offers 32 more units of family housing for Berea College students and their families.