@TrumanState October 2

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: Truman State University

Location: Kirksville MO

There has only been one US President from the State of Missouri and that was Harry S. Truman. On June 15, 1995 a university in Kirksville MO that has a lot of different names became Truman State University.


Harry S. Truman was born in Missouri on May 8, 1884. He was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vice president for just 82 days before Roosevelt died and Truman became the 33rd president. In his first months in office he dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, ending World War II.

Two years after the Civil War North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College opened on September 2, 1867. In 1868 the school’s name is changed to North Missouri Normal School.

In 1870 the school goes under a third name change to First District Normal School, the first Missouri supported institution of higher education established for the primary purpose of preparing teachers for public schools.

In 1919 name change #4 occurred when First District Normal School was replaced with Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. This name stuck around for almost 50 years when in 1968  it became Northeast Missouri State College.

In 1972 Northeast Missouri State College became Northeast Missouri State University until it became Truman State University in 1995.


In 1985 then Gov. John Ashcroft, signed into legislation an act that designated the University as Missouri’s only statewide public liberal arts and sciences university, expanding its mission from a regional to a statewide institution.

Today the campus spans over 200 acres and serves 6,000 students

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