@DickieV @wpunj_edu June 18

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: William Paterson University

Location: Wayne NJ

Today is Father’s Day and I was looking for a story on a college that would have a father’s day angle. Didn’t really find that but found a great story of a father and son who graduated the same day from William Paterson University in Wayne NJ.

william paterson college.jpg

Father & Son Graduate From Same N.J. College Together

27-year-old Benjamin Jeanty and his 63 year old father Duvinson, a Haitian immigrant both received degrees last month on May 17, 2017. What was amazing is that both were the first in their families to earn degrees. I will wager to say that the Jeanty family will be changed forever because of education.

William Paterson sits on 370 acres in Wayne and North Haledon, New Jersey, the campus is just 20 miles from the rich cultural, artistic, and commercial life of New York City. The college did not start out at its present location shown below.

william pat

William Paterson University is the third oldest public institution in New Jersey, chartered in 1855 in the city of Paterson.

The institution was founded as the Paterson City Normal School in response to the growing demand for professional preparation of teachers-in-service in the emerging free public schools of Paterson. By 1875, the normal school had added a one-year teacher training curriculum for high school graduates seeking to become teachers, which was later increased to two years. In 1910, the school, which had changed location several times, was moved to the brand-new School No. 24 on 19th Avenue and East 22nd Street in Paterson, where it remained for 40 years.

Beginning in 1936, the school began offering general college courses to students not planning a teaching career, as well as a four-year general elementary curriculum. In April 1937, the name of the school was changed to the New Jersey State Teacher’s College at Paterson and a degree-granting curriculum was established.

In 1948, the state purchased for $200,000 the Wayne estate of the family of Garret Hobart, the vice president of the United States under William McKinley. The site, featuring 250 hilltop acres and a turn-of-the-century manor house, became the new home of the college in 1951. In 1958 the name of the school became Paterson State College

Vice President Hobart


The University is named for William Paterson (1745-1806), the New Jersey patriot who was a signer of the Constitution, one of New Jersey’s first U.S. senators, New Jersey’s second governor, and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

In 1997 Paterson State College became William Paterson University.

Dick Vitale earned a master’s degree from William Paterson University.



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