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: Bryant University
Location: Smithfield RI
For over 100 years a college in Rhode Island existed basically as a business college. It was founded in 1863 originally located in Providence and originally called Bryant and Stratton National Business College. Bryant founders Henry Bryant and Henry Stratton recognized that workers, particularly Civil War veterans, interested in new job opportunities would need a business education.
The institution did not become a four year school and earn accreditation until 1964. At that time Bryant began offering a blend of business and liberal arts courses. Today Bryant boasts 44,000 alumni and 3,700 students.
In 1970 Earl Tupper donated his 220-acre estate in Smithfield, RI, for Bryant to build a new campus. Earl Tupper, at the time was president of Tupperware Corporation.