WSU withdrawal from hosting presidential debate

Timeline: Wright State University and the presidential debate

Wright State University President David Hopkins announced on Tuesday, July 19, that WSU will not be hosting the first 2016 presidential debate at the Nutter Center in September.

Here's a look at Wright State's background with the debate, with the most recent events first:

July 19

2:45 p.m.

The Wright State Board of Trustees Chair Michael Bridges said in a release that the board fully supports Hopkins’ decision.

2:25 p.m.

Wright State students were notified by email of the university’s decision.

2:05 p.m.  

During a press conference, Hopkins cited escalating costs for security and the lack of funds as factors in the university’s decision to withdraw as a debate venue. 

>>> Wright State withdraws from presidential debate 

July 2: The Debate Host Committee and #DiscoveryDayton16, a social media campaign, were both working to provide area information such as amenities and the region’s resources to visitors.

May 19: Wright State students were able to begin registering for the debate ticket lottery. After the university announced the registration website, nearly 1,000 people registered for a ticket or to be volunteers.

Morris went on to say,” “It’s a big deal for our community and it’s an even bigger deal for our students to have a front-and-center role in hosting the first presidential debate,” said Kathy Morris, associate vice president for student affairs.

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May 13: “We’re going to need everybody to step up and help us," Hopkins said in an interview. "We went out in good faith to bring this. We’ve been on it for two years. It is coming. We’re going to have a chance to really show off, but we need help.”

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March 1: Wright State kicks off the debate season with an all-campus event at 11:45 a.m. on Super Tuesday.

Sept. 24, 2015: “It’s hard to put numbers to it, but looking at past events, $10-$14 million impact is what we anticipate over that seven-day period,” said Kathleen Young, executive director of Greene County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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Sept. 23, 2015: Wright State is awarded one of the 2016 presidential debates. Its application was turned in two years earlier.

John McCance, Wright State advisor for the presidential debate, said, "I think we have a very competitive package. The impact on the region will be significant.”  

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