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: Montreat College
Location: Montreat NC
I attend a North Carolina Presbyterian Church and hear many references to Presbyterian events being held at Montreat. The name Montreat was derived from “Mountain Retreat”.
In 1897 Congregationalist minister John C. Collins established the Mountain Retreat Association for the encouragement of work and living through Christian convention, public worship, and missionary work.
In 1907 the Presbyterians became associated with Montreat when J. R. Howerton of Charlotte, NC, carried out the idea of purchasing Montreat for the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
Over the next decade some milestones occurred in creating a college. I have outlined them below:
1913: Dr. Robert C. Anderson, president of the Mountain Retreat Association, proposed that the grounds and facilities of the Association be used for a school during the academic year.
1915: The General Assembly decreed “that the property of the Mountain Retreat Association be used for a Normal School and that the establishment of the school be referred to the Synods.”
1916: The Synods of Appalachia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia elected trustees who met in Montreat on May 2. They elected Dr. Robert F. Campbell of Asheville, NC, chairman; Mr. W. T. Thompson Jr. of Knoxville, TN, secretary; and Ruling Elder T. S. Morrison of Asheville, NC, treasurer.
1916: The Montreat Normal School, a four-year preparatory and two-year college combination, opened its first session in October with eight students. Montreat Normal School continued to grow over the years. Throughout times of war, economic fluctuations, and rapid social change, the school sought to provide a Christian context for young women who were there to be trained as teachers.
Other milestones in Montreat history are found below also:
1934: Montreat Normal School (College Department) was renamed Montreat College during Dr. Robert C. Anderson’s tenure as president. The college grew as its academic program expanded.
1945: Montreat College began a four-year college for women.
1959: After 14 years as a four-year women’s college, Montreat was restructured as a coeducational junior college and given a new name: Montreat-Anderson College.
1986: Realizing the demands and changing circumstances in higher education, the college Board of Trustees made the decision to once again become a baccalaureate institution. The dream of its first president, Dr. Anderson, was for the college to serve as an accredited baccalaureate institution. The college has realized that dream.
1995: The original name of Montreat College was restored in August, sharing the original vision and identity. The change reflects the Montreat College of today—a four-year college with several growing campuses and a graduate program.
The Montreat Conference Center which sits amongst Montreat College is one of the largest conference centers affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA.
In addition to Montreat College having a presence in Montreat they also have a campus three miles away in Black Mountain NC. That campus is a former wooded 72 acre estate that includes the Manor House a 24,400-square-foot mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Originally built in 1920 as the summer home of electrical industrialist F. S. Terry, the Manor House contains a large main formal hall, large kitchen, gymnasium, guest bedrooms, meeting areas, and a classroom. It also serves as a popular wedding venue.