This study traced and analyzed the institutional development of West Visayas State College since its conversion as West Visayas State College in 1965 to its next conversion as a University in 1986. As a piece of historical research, this study established objective facts concerning the events happened from 1965 until 1986 as well as its responses to the challenges through years. Likewise, the contributions of the West Visayas State College to the development of Iloilo, the Western Visayas, and the Philippines as a whole was also dealt. This historical study employed the descriptive and analytical research design. Most of the historical data used came from both primary and secondary sources-archival materials and in-depth interviews. The gathered data then were organized and scientific analysis through external and internal criticism followed; then writing the narrative form following the stated framework for interpretation and analysis. Findings of this study showed that it was the inner desire of Mr. Jose B. Ledesma that Iloilo Normal School should not remained as a teacher-training institution. Hon. Rodolfo Ganzon, a Congressman of Iloilo authored a bill and later enacted as R.A. 4189 led to the conversion of INS to West Visayas State College. Consequently, the curricular programs outside teacher education was opened during these College years which qualifies the period as the institution’s “Golden Age”.