@KenyonCollege @NewmanOwnFDN January 13

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University:  Kenyon College

Location:  Gambier, OH

There are certain states in our country that have a large number of smaller private colleges. Ohio is one of those states. Ohio doesn’t just have small colleges they also have seven universities that have enrollment over 20,000 students. A complete list of Ohio 4 year schools can be found below:


Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, United States, founded in 1824 by Philander Chase. It is the oldest private college in Ohio and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The campus is noted for its Collegiate Gothic architecture and rural setting.

Photos below depict campus and one of it’s gothic style buildings.

Kenyon routinely pops up on lists as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The college also boasts some notable alumni including this trifecta of Paul Newman, the 19th US President; Rutherford B Hayes, and Jonathan Winters.

Paul Newman graduated from Kenyon in 1949 after serving two years in the military during WW II. I love Paul Newman movies and in fact I watched Cool Hand Luke over the holidays.


There may be a lesson for all university administrators not to judge their graduates based on their college days. Sometimes the lessons taught in college don’t take hold until later in life. Newman started out at Kenyon on the football team but a minor brush with the law caused him to get kicked off the team. He majored in theatre and started his own laundry business while in school. In 2007 he donated $10,000,000 to his alma mater. Paul Newman also created a foundation called Newman’s Own which has given millions to charities.


Kenyon didn’t have a failure to communicate with Paul Newman or his foundation.







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