Campus Card Timeline

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A Chronological Summary of Key Campus Card Industry Events, Pioneers, Innovators, Vendors and Institutions Over The Past 50 Years


Compiled by

Robert C. Huber, CMC, CPCM

Robert Huber Associates

Vendor Independent

Campus Card Business Consultants



1968 - 1974


The “VALI-DINE” system (i.e., Validation of Dining) mechanically punched holes in the meal plan card as it was read to signify authorized access to the dining hall. Mechanical counters were automatically triggered to provide customer counts.

1975 - 1979


R.D. Products (Rochester, NY) introduces the “Logging Card Reader” (LCR) – designed to store card transactions (“Off-line”) using a self-contained tape storage system.

1980 - 1984


HARCO Industries Inc. and Concept Systems Inc. (CSI) install their first “A.I.D.S.” (i.e., Automated ID System) campus card food service system at the University of Utah.

1985 - 1989


Duke University introduces the “DukeCard”, under the leadership of Joseph Pietrantoni, which becomes the first “campus-wide” card program at colleges and universities as well offers a new “FLEX” account (i.e., Flexible Spending Everywhere Account) instead of a traditional “FOOD” (only) debit account.

1990 - 1994


Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) becomes the first public university to link their campus card (“Seminole ACCESS”) with a financial institution. Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) becomes the first private university to link their campus card (“WILD Card”) with a bank.


  Timeline To Be Continued ...


  Industry Pioneers

  Global Impact Developers


  Industry Innovators

  Enthusiastic Industry Promoters


Industry Milestones

Historic Industry Achievements



Indusry Pioneer


Joseph G. Pietrantoni


Co-Developer of the "All-Campus Card"


DukeCard Visionary

Campus Card Industry Pioneer

NACCU Founder / Board of Directors

Innovative Higher Education Administrator


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Legacy Article

Brief History of the Campus Card Industry

By Robert C. Huber, CMC, CPCM

Campus Card Industry Consultant

Robert Huber Associates


CR80 News

Spring 2007


"The history of the campus card program has been diligently chronicled by one of its long time leaders, Robert Huber, of Robert Huber Associates. CR80News thanks Mr. Huber for helping us to bring this abridged version to our readers."

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