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: Furman University
Location: Greenville SC
If you research colleges that get high marks for campus beauty more often than not you will see Furman University which is located in Greenville SC pop up on many lists.
Photo below shows the main gate at Furman.
Furman is the oldest private college in SC. It was founded in 1826. The school is named for Richard Furman, a clergyman considered the most important Baptist leader before the Civil War.
Furman was pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., and became the first president of the Triennial Convention, the first national body of Baptists in America.
In 1924, Furman was named one of four collegiate beneficiaries of the Duke Endowment. The Endowment has awarded nearly $3.6 billion in grants since its inception with most going to Duke University but not all.
The Duke Endowment grants sustained Furman through the Great Depression, helped the university coordinate with Greenville Woman’s College in the 1930s, and bolstered the university’s effort to pursue a new campus location. Furman broke ground on its current location north of its home city in 1953. The school would also become independent in 1992, breaking ties with the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Today the university has slightly less than 3,000 students with about 25% hailing from South Carolina.
One last view of Furman