1981 Institute of the America established by Ted Gildred and legally incorporated on November 16, 1981 with offices in Solana Beach, CA
1982 First meeting of Board of Governors, May 5, 1982: Richard Atkinson, Chanceller, UCSD; Peter Bell, President, Inter-American Foundation; Wayne Cornelius, Director, Center for U.S-Mexican Studies, UCSD; Theodore Gildred, Chairman, Lomas Santa Fe, Inc; Donald Kennedy, President, Stanford University; Richard Lyman, President, Rockefeller Foundation. Gildred Foundation provides initial seed grant evaluate the concept and organization of a permanent Institute of the Americas in San Diego, CA in a to be determined location.
1983 Agreement between Gildred Foundation and UCSD establishes Institute of the Americas on the UCSD campus; Gildred Foundation endows three Chairs for Laitn American centers at UCSD; Professor Joseph Grunwald becomes 1st President of Institute
1984 IOA headquarters inaugrated at UCSD, President Carlos Andres Perez of Venezuela and Raul Prebish of Argentina are keynote speakers at inaugural ceremonies;
1985 IOA hosts first Latin American workshop on journalists; Alejandor Foxley of Chile becomes first visiting fellow
1986 UCSD Board of Regents creates Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies
1987 IOA organizes "Churches and Change in Latin America Conference," May 4-6, 1987, the first program fully funded with outside sources; President Raul Alfonsin of Argentina travels to San Diego to receive first IOA Award for Democracy and Peace; IOA collaborates with Stanford University in co-sponsoring High technology proejct workshop in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
1988 Paul Boeker,forrmer Ambassador to Jordan and Bolivia succeeds Joseph Grunward as IOA President.
1989 Project on Drug Policy in the Americas begins ;President Oscar Arias travels to San Diego to receive Institute Award for Democracy and Peace
1990 ContentIOA hosts first Latin American energy conference in La Jolla. President Vigillo Barco of Colombia receives Award of Democracy and Peace; Paul Boeker publishes book, Lost Illusions: Latin America's Struggle for Democracy as Recounted by Its Leaders.
1991 IOA organizes multi-year environmental project focused on environmental technology
1992 Latin American Capital Markets Project stated with major conference; Chilean President Patricio Aylwin receives Institute award for Democracy & Peace; IOA's second major facility expansion is initiated.
1993 Campaign for Institute of the Americas launched; Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary on the UCSD campus
1994 President Carlos Saul Meneem receives Award for Democracy and Peace; Institute launches program on Latin Health Sector; IOA completes construction of Copley International Center and the Gildred Latin American Studies Building
1995 Program on Latin American Telecommunications/IT sector launched; Campaign for Institute reaches $9 million and the Institute's facilities are expanded