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: Gardner Webb University
Location: Boiling Springs NC
I have come into contact with a number of leaders that have been associated with Gardner Webb University. The list includes people you may not know but they all fit into my stellar leader category. Three names are Chuck Burch, Steve Poston, and John Haskins.
Chuck is the Vice President for Athletics at Gardner Webb, Steve is the Vice President and Athletic Director at Wingate, and John is the Women’s Basketball Coach at UNC Pembroke. Steve graduated from Gardner Webb and John coached there in the late 1980’s. Photos above Chuck far left-Steve top right and John bottom right.
Gardner Webb started out in 1905 as the Boiling Springs High School and received its charter on December 2, 1905, as an institution “where the young…could have the best possible educational advantages under distinctive Christian influence.” This close relationship of the institution to the area churches continues today.
In 1928 the high school became Boiling Springs Junior College. The Great Depression was just a year away and its arrival created many problems for the College, but its survival was secured by the sacrifices of many loyal supporters.
In 1942, Governor O. Max Gardner began devoting his energy, time and wealth to strengthening and guiding the College. So important was his influence that the name of the institution was changed to Gardner-Webb College in honor of the governor, his wife Fay Webb Gardner, and their families.
Take time to read a pretty good article on Governor Gardner at link below. In addition to his name being associated with GWU. His name is also on the award to recognize the most outstanding faculty member in the entire UNC System. The 2017 recipient was Ben Bahr from UNC Pembroke.
In 1971 the college moved from junior college to four year school. The institution officially became know as Gardner-Webb University in January 1993, culminating years of preparation.
Today the campus is thriving spread out over 225 acres.