@NAUPresident @NAU August 22

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: Northern Arizona University

Location: Flagstaff AZ

Like so many other colleges Northern Arizona University got it start in 1899 as the Northern Arizona Normal School. It had a humble beginning with a president being actively involved in recruiting. The first president Almon Nicholas Taylor literally scoured the Arizona Territory in a horse and buggy trying to sign up students. He succeeded in getting about 20 plus students and was there to present the first 4 graduates diplomas in 1901.


Since Almon Taylor there have been 15 other presidents at Northern Arizona including the current president Rita Hartung Cheng who has been in the role since August 2014.


Dr. Cheng has a little more to do than Almon Taylor and much better resources. At NAU, Dr. Cheng oversees an operating budget of more than $500 million and 4,600 faculty and staff. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs to its 29,000 students. Most of those students are served at the Flagstaff campus but there are 34 other locations across Arizona.

Aerial view of the Flagstaff campus of NAU.

nau campus

The university has a pretty neat virtual tour on the website.






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