@FAUSpirit @FloridaAtlantic May 3

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: Florida Atlantic University

Location: Boca Raton FL

Florida is often associated with senior citizens and things that are old. Florida when it comes to higher education has some relatively young universities. One of those is Florida Atlantic University located in Boca Raton, FL. Their campus today is shown below.


Today the relatively young Florida Atlantic University is serving a student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in Southeast Florida. It has made rapid process since it opened its doors in 1964.

The U.S. Army Air Corps during World War Two, opened a radar training base October 1942 to deal with World War II.  The base, which covered more than 5,800 acres, did its part to help win the war, teaching radar operation to thousands of airmen, including those who were aboard the Enola Gay which was the plane that bombed Hiroshima in 1945. By the 1950s, however, the base had outlived its usefulness; the radar training school it once housed had moved to Biloxi, Mississippi.

A leader named Tom Fleming joined many others in Boca Raton in getting the abandoned land which housed the radar operations to be given to the state for a university. Ultimately, the Civil Aeronautics Administration agreed to permit the state to build the university on 1,000 acres of the former airbase, reserving another 200 acres for airport use. Boca Raton Municipal Airport was built on a 200-acre site adjoining the campus and remains in active use to this day.

boca raton airport

I have an indirect connection to Florida Atlantic two friends Paul and Kerry Hodges have a daughter Morgan Howard that is a member of FAU Spirit Squad.

2016-17 FAU Athletics Head Shots

I previously did a blog post on Paul.



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