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: Marshall University
Location: Huntington WV
Occasionally someone will stumble onto one of my posts amongst the 50 million blogs available online and comment on a past post. That happened a week ago when someone sent me a message about a post I did in 2015 on a former Marshall University Basketball Coach and one of his former player. The coach was Bob Zuffalto and the athlete was Ken Labanowski. The post is below:
Marshall University which is located in Huntington WV was founded in 1837, and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.
In 1836 John Marshall also had a college named after him in Mercersburg, Pa., under the sponsorship of the German Reformed Church. That college was called Marshall College and it eventually merged to form Franklin & Marshall College which today is located in Lancaster PA. I wrote about Franklin & Marshall earlier this year.
When Marshall University was founded it was called Marshall Academy. Today in addition to its downtown Huntington location it has additional campuses and centers in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Teays Valley and Beckley.
Photo below shows the downtown Huntington campus.
Marshall University has over 13,000 students and is a member of NCAA Division I and Conference USA. Probably today people take the prosperity of Marshall University for granted. It was not that way in the beginning.
For decades the fledging school faced serious problems, most of them financial. The Civil War forced it to close for several years, but in 1867 the now West Virginia Legislature renewed the school’s vitality by creating the State Normal School of Marshall College to train teachers. This eased Marshall’s problems somewhat, but it was not until the tenure of President Lawrence J. Corbly, 1896-1915, that the college began its real growth.