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: Toledo University
Location: Toledo OH
Last night some great friends from Ohio had us over their house for a Friday night get together with a lot of our friends. Our hosts both have ties to Toledo University.
I found out that Toledo sure did have an interesting history in getting started nearly a 150 years ago.
On October 12, 1872, Jesup Wakeman Scott founded The University of Toledo as a private arts and trades school known as Toledo University of Arts and Trades, offering painting and architectural drawing as its only subjects. Scott, the editor for The Toledo Blade newspaper from 1844 to 1847, was a public-spirited Toledoan who felt the city should have a university to train young people for responsible positions in the growing community.
Scott’s not only had the idea for the University of Toledo but he personally invested in the concept. He endowed 160-acres of land which later became Scott Park Campus. Scott intended that the income from the property be supplemented with funds from the city to establish a university, but in 1874 the city had no money to contribute. Jesup Scott also died in 1874. On January 14, 1875, the University opened in the basement of the half-finished Unitarian Church, known as Raymond Hall on the corner of Adams and 10th Street. Since the University opened without support from the city, it could only fund one teacher and two or three courses for the 26 students. The school was forced to close in 1878 due to a lack of funds. For 6 years nothing happened until Toledo University had a rebirth.
On January 8, 1884, the assets of the university were turned over to the city of Toledo establishing it as a municipal school. The city accepted the land from the Scott trust and levied a tax to support the University, which reopened using two rooms in Central High School in the fall of 1884 as the Toledo Manual Training School. The city council stipulated, “The first department of such University shall be designated as The Manual Training School, and shall be devoted to instruction in the Practical Arts and Trades.”
In 1904, it affiliated with the Toledo Medical College, a fledgling institution in its own right. In 1914 Toledo Medical had to close their doors because it could not meet new physician licensing standards, the University gained a College of Pharmacy from the brief relationship.
On July 1, 1967, The University was given the status of a state-funded university by the Ohio General Assembly and became known as The University of Toledo. The University of Toledo has since grown to house 8 colleges, a student population of 20,000, and four campuses on more than 450 acres of land.