@JWUNorthMiami @Emeril January 31

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:  Johnson and Wales

Location: Miami, FL

I was sharing with a friend of mine that I attended undergraduate school at East Carolina University. In the 1970’s the university operated under a quarter system. They did a way with that in 1975-76.

Universities that operate under a quarter system are not as prevalent as they once were. If you want to see a list of all schools functioning under a quarter system the list is below.


One school on that list above is Johnson and Wales in  North Miami, FL. Photo of a part of the campus below.


JWU was founded as a business school in 1914 in Providence, R.I. by Gertrude I. Johnson and Mary T. Wales. From its origins as a school devoted to business education, JWU grew to a junior college, a senior college, and ultimately, university status. Today it has four campuses located across the United States. Providence, Charlotte, Denver, and North Miami all have JWU campuses.

I have a connection to the JWU North Miami campus. One of my former players at UNC Pembroke David Graham works at JWU.


David Graham has been with JWU’s North Miami Campus since 1997.  He has been the coach of the men’s basketball team since 1999.   He served as Director of Athletics from 2003-2015. Prior to assuming that role he was the Director of Student Activities.

JWU has many notable alums including Emeril Lagasse who finished in 1978. I am not sure what campus he attended. He has to be one the most entertaining people I have ever seen on a television cooking show. BAM!


Emeril owns 13 restaurants across the US. Check out his website.










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