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: Dartmouth College
Location: Hanover NH
Dartmouth College was established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock. Since I work at UNC Pembroke which has it’s origins dating to 1887 Dartmouth is much older but the two universities share a common bond. Both institutions have their original mission tied to serving Native American students.
The Royal Governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth, provided the land upon which Dartmouth would be built and on December 13, 1769, conveyed the charter from King George III establishing the College. That charter created a college “for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land…”
UNC Pembroke was created to train American Indian teachers. Today it is a comprehensive university but still boast an American Indian student population of a 1,000.
Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and one of Wheelock’s first students at Dartmouth, was instrumental in raising substantial funds for Dartmouth College.
During the first 200 years of its existence, however, Dartmouth fell far short of its educational goal and a mere 19 Native Americans graduated from the College. This situation changed dramatically when John G. Kemeny became the 13th president of Dartmouth College in 1970.
In his inaugural address, he pledged to redress the historical lack of opportunities for Native Americans in higher education. In recommitting Dartmouth to its founding purpose, John Kemeny established a Native American Program at the College and directed the Admissions Office to begin actively recruiting Indian students for the very first time.
I personally know of American Indians who are from Pembroke NC who attended Dartmouth. Since 1970 nearly 700 Native Americans from over 200 different tribes have attended Dartmouth, more than at all the other Ivy League institutions combined.
Dartmouth is one of the 8 colleges and universities that make up the Ivy League. It remained single gender (male) until 1972 when it became a co-educational institution.
Philip J. Hanlon ’77 became the 18th president of Dartmouth College on June 10, 2013. He is the 10th Dartmouth alumnus to serve as its president