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: George Washington University
Location: Washington DC
A few years ago we hired a brilliant leader named Rich Cosentino who came to UNC Pembroke from George Washington University. He served as UNCP chief financial officer. He was an idea generating machine. He looked at problems and came up with solutions. He left UNC Pembroke in 2015 to become President at Lander University.
One solution he brought from urban George Washington to rural UNC Pembroke was zip cars. More on that later.
George Washington is located within blocks of the White House so it is truly urban. Map below:
On February 9, 1821 the university was chartered by an act of congress. It is the largest institution of higher education in all of DC. The campus consist of some 25,000 the majority of them in graduate school.
Back to ZipCar. At UNC Pembroke there is virtually no access to public transportation for students. Our former CFO saw ZipCars as the solution. Students who didn’t have cars or access to public transportation now had a way to meet that need. We have two cars on campus and they stay utilized.
Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, has operations in urban areas and college campuses throughout Austria, Canada, France, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers more than 50 makes and models of self-service vehicles by the hour or day to residents and businesses looking for smart, simple and convenient.
Zipcars on campus and in cities around the world are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for reservation with gas, insurance and 180 miles per day included. Students at participating universities can join today by visiting http://www.zipcar.com/university