@fgcu June 23

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: Florida Gulf Coast University

Location: Fort Myers FL

I have a good friend and outstanding leader that after many years left higher education in North Carolina and accepted a position at Florida Gulf Coast University. His name is Dr. Eric Dent and I joke with him that his title in FGSU Lutgert College of Business is Eminent Scholar and Uncommon Friends Endowed Chair Professor in Ethics is almost as long as Florida’s coastline.


As we discussed his move to Florida we marveled at the rapid growth and accomplishments FGCU has achieved since its inception in 1991 and eventually its first day of classes in 1997. Today the campus is thriving with an enrollment near 15,000 students.


The campus has some interesting fast facts found below:

  • 800 acres
  • 400 acres are restored and preserved wetlands and uplands
  • 15-acre solar field
  • 39 residential buildings with 4,748 beds

The land which FGCU sits on was donated by Ben Hill Griffin III and Alico, Inc. and included 760 acres. Ben Hill Griffin Jr. was a very successful businessman and has his name associated with the football stadium at the University of Florida often called “The Swamp”. The Ben Hill family has been very generous to higher education including FGCU.

Below is link to NY Times Obituary on Ben Hill Jr. who died in 1990.


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