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: Franklin and Marshall
Location: Lancaster PA
Last week as I was driving from Baltimore to the Pocono Mountains I drove thru Lancaster PA. I noticed signs for Franklin and Marshall College and wondered how it got it’s name. I guessed merger and for once I was correct.
Franklin and Marshall campus shown below. The campus covers 220 acres, including 26 acres under new development
So a little about the merger that created F&M College. Marshall College, named after the great Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall, was founded in 1836 in Mercersburg, Pa., under the sponsorship of the German Reformed Church.
In 1853 Marshall College moved to Lancaster, Pa., and merged with Franklin College to form Franklin & Marshall College. Franklin College, was founded in 1787 with a generous financial contribution from Benjamin Franklin. Having a college with ties back to 1787 puts F&M on a list with some of America’s oldest colleges.
Today the school enrolls about 2,200 students.
Franklin & Marshall’s Center for Opinion Research is one of the top survey research groups in the US, known for outstanding accuracy & insightful data analysis.
One of its former students includes the actor Roy Scheider who played Police Chief Martin C Brody in the blockbuster film Jaws.