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: Clayton State University
Location: Morrow GA
I wrote about the Director of Athletics at Clayton State Tim Duncan back in 2015 post on did on him and another friend China Jude.
I also believe that Clayton State has one of the most likeable college presidents in the country in Dr.Tim Hynes Jr. He is a leader that has great people skills. He also is an avid and accomplished distance runner.
Even though I had been on Clayton’s campus many times I was not really sure of their history and origin so I went researching. I had an idea that they were relatively young institution and that was validated.
Clayton started out as Clayton Junior College. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia elevated the institution to baccalaureate status (as Clayton State College) in 1986, to university status (as Clayton College & State University) in 1996 and approved the present name on May 18, 2005.
The university which is located in Morrow GA has seen some signature events occur in the last decade. In 2008 the first on campus student housing became available with Laker Hall.
Also in 2008 the university brought a new School of Business online.
All of these physical changes also came just before Clayton State won the 2011 Women’s Basketball NCAA Division II Championship.
Clayton State nickname is The Lakers. The campus has a lake prominently sitting in the middle of campus. If you look at the photo below you can also see the Atlanta skyline in the top left corner of photo. Today Clayton has an enrollment bordering on 7,000 students.
To learn more about Clayton State University traditions related to their nickname, mascot, and the lake go to link found below photo.