The legislation establishing our college was signed by Ohio Gov. James Rhodes on Aug. 18, 1975. The act stipulated that the first class be admitted within one year, a seemingly impossible deadline for developing a medical school. But we did it. When you look into the facts around the founding of the college, that the college came into existence at all seems miraculous. Against the odds, the college opened in 1976, thanks to a clear vision, persistence and a healthy dose of courage.