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: Lenoir-Rhyne University
Location: Hickory NC
School with hyphened names always seem to have a history. Lenoir-Rhyne University is one of those institutions.
Located in Hickory, North Carolina, Lenoir-Rhyne University was founded in 1891 as Highland Academy by four Lutheran ministers. Since its inception the school has grown to a student body of 1,900 students, and Lenoir-Rhyne continues its affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The original property, a 56-acre tract one-mile north of the Hickory business district, was part of the estate of a Watauga County lawyer, Captain Walter Lenoir.
Before he died in 1890, Captain Lenoir donated the land as a campus for a church-sponsored college. The school officially opened on September 1, 1891. It carried the name “Highland College,” but four months later it was chartered under the name of Lenoir College in memory of the donor of the land.
The college became Lenoir-Rhyne in 1923, in honor of Daniel E. Rhyne, a Lincoln County industrialist who boosted the endowment and other assets of the institution. The college was admitted into the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1928.
While I was a student and part of the basketball program at East Carolina University the Athletic Director when I arrived was Clarence Stasavich who was a L-R graduate. He also was a heck of football coach.
Two pretty good college basketball coaches who I know have ties to LRU include University of Tennessee Rick Barnes and Queens University Bart Lundy.