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: Colby College
Location: Waterville, ME
I have a brother that lives in Belgrade, ME. I have a real good friend that lives in Fairfield, ME. I was fortunate to work for a Chancellor who has a son that is a faculty member at Colby College which is located in Waterville, ME. Waterville is very close to Fairfield and Belgrade.
Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Enrollment is about 2,000 with students from all over the country. I didn’t realize in 1813 when Colby was founded it was still part of Massachusetts. Maine did not become a state until 1820.
Aerial photo of Colby College campus.
One notable Colby grad is Doris Kearns Goodwin who is a 1963 grad of Colby. She is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She has authored a number of books on American Presidents.
After graduating form Colby she earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, where she taught Government, including a course on the American Presidency, and, at the age of just 24, became a White House Fellow, working directly with President Lyndon Johnson.
Doris also has professional sports claim to fame. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room, and is a devoted fan of the Sox.