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: William Peace University
Location: Raleigh NC
Since I attend a Presbyterian Church in North Carolina I tend to gravitate to writing posts this year about in-state colleges that have a connection to the Presbyterians. William Peace University fits that bill with their origins.
In 1857, the Presbyterian Synod of North Carolina sought to establish a school for females. Largely due to the donations of William Peace, the institution became a reality. Peace was a staunch Presbyterian supporter as well as Raleigh’s town commissioner during the construction of the Governor’s Mansion in 1816.
With a donation of $10,000 and eight acres of land, Peace depicted above allowed for the creation of the institute that later bore his name, Peace College.
The outbreak of the Civil War halted construction plans at Peace College. The Main Building at Peace was used as a Confederate hospital, while the Freedmen’s Bureau operated out of the building after the war. The Presbyterian Church renovated the Main Building in the early 1870s, and Peace Institute opened to incoming female students in 1872.
Local Presbyterians composed the board of trustees of Peace in the early twentieth century. During this time, the name of the school was changed to Peace College in 1943. In addition, Peace started programs for females who wished to finish their last two years of high school and their first two years of college in the early 1940s. Soon, the institution transitioned into a junior college in the late 1960s, and several buildings were built across campus from 1963 until 1974.
By 1995, Peace College became a four-year college, and in 1997 the college’s first students had earned bachelor degrees. Although Peace has maintained a strong connection to the Presbyterian Church, the institution is independent and open to students of all denominations.
In 2012 two big changes occurred. Peace College became known as William Peace University and it began admitting men.