@ZSRFoundation July 8

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: Wake Forest University

Location: Winston-Salem NC

If you Google “beautiful college campus” you most certainly are going to find Wake Forest University on any list.

Aerial view of Wake Forest with the Winston-Salem skyline in background.


Wake Forest history includes a lot of interesting facts:

  • Wake Forest College began as a manual labor institute in 1834, with an initial class of just 16 young men. Classes were first held in a farmhouse in Wake County, North Carolina, near which the village of Wake Forest later developed.  It was re-chartered in 1838 as Wake Forest College.
  • Today, 183 years later, more than 4,900 undergraduates attend the university.

I came across a great article in Our State Magazine about Wake Forest and its 1951 announcement about it plan to move from Wake Forest NC to Winston-Salem NC.

The short answer is the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation made Wake Forest an offer. The family offered 300 rolling acres and $350,000 a year under the condition that the college relocate to Winston-Salem and join the medical hospital that was already in Winston-Salem.

As they say in the movie The Godfather it was an offer they could not refuse.


Another good article I came across was on the Bowman Gray family and its influence on Wake Forest University and the city of Winston-Salem NC.

Click to access Gray%20Family%20History.pdf




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