North Greenville University has taken major strides in reaching its $42.7 million GIFT God Campaign 'Hallelujah' Goal. One huge step recently was the receipt of a $3 million cash gift from a local Upstate couple, Dr. T. Walter and Christine Brashier, to fund the new Legacy Building on campus which will be a 5,000-seat Arena/Worship Center.
The arena will be home to the Crusader basketball and volleyball teams, including the new men's volleyball team, which will begin its inaugural season in 2014. The 94,116-square-foot facility will feature a president's box, 'jumbotron' scoreboard, two upper-level and two lower-level lobbies and student lounges, mid-court Crusader Club section, locker rooms for home and visiting teams, upper- and lower-level conference rooms, film room, training/sports medicine room, trophy case, two locker rooms for officials, six concession areas, and sixteen office spaces.
“Christine and I were presented with the opportunity to fund the naming rights of what we consider to be the flagship building on North Greenville University’s campus,” said Brashier. “When we thought of all the names on the buildings located on the campus, not one honored Dr. and Mrs. Epting. We felt deeply that this building should be named the Jimmy and Gretchen Epting Arena/Worship Center.”
“We appreciate Dr. and Mrs. Epting and we appreciate their tireless, dedicated Christian leadership in making North Greenville University what it represents for the Kingdom of God today," said Brashier.
The University announced at a press conference last February that the initial GIFT God Campaign goal of $25 million was surpassed. A new 'Hallelujah' goal was then set and as of the close of October 2013, the Office of Advancement reports that $31.4 million has been raised.
In 2011, Brashier gifted NGU commercial real estate, the former Steak and Ale restaurant building in Greenville. The building is in the process of being remodeled to house the school's MBA program currently residing in the T. Walter Brashier Graduate School in Greer. The school trustees voted to name the location The Tim Brashier Center in memory of Walt and Christine’s son who passed away in September, 2012.
Tim was a 1976 North Greenville alumnus and was active in the family businesses, developing residential real estate, and running an aviation servicing company.
“Christine and I are very excited that North Greenville University will be opening a new satellite location on Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville,” said Brashier. “We were pleasantly surprised when Dr. Epting informed us that the school trustees wanted to name the satellite school for Tim.”
Because he was a businessman, Tim would have appreciated the fact that the facility will be used to train future business leaders. He’d like the location because of its proximity to downtown Greenville and because he spent time working to build the apartments adjacent to it.
“North Greenville University has not only honored Tim’s memory, but also has honored us as his parents by naming this new satellite campus ‘The Tim Brashier Center,’" Brashier said.
Since the gifting of the Steak and Ale building in 2011, much work has been done to turn the restaurant into an office building.
The Brashiers support quality education in a biblically sound Christ-centered environment and are leaving a legacy for their son, his alma mater, and its president, who has brought the school back from the brink of closure.
As usual, when people praise Dr. Epting’s many accomplishments, he is quick to redirect that praise to the Lord. Of this gracious Legacy Gift, Epting says, “We are not worthy or deserving of this honor. We are excited this facility will be used to change more lives for Jesus Christ.”
Lives will be changed because of the Epting Center, as students enjoy new facilities built to enhance their college experience, as athletes compete in a state-of-the-art showcase for NGU’s Christ-focused athletics program, as families gather to celebrate their students’ graduation in a comfortable and modern atmosphere, as students gather three times per week for worship in the new home for chapel services, and as the greater Greenville county community discovers NGU as a budding center for Christian conferences and concerts.
Robert C. Cashion Architect, Inc. of Marietta is the architect and Blue Line Consulting, LLC of Greer is the civil engineer for this project. Estimated completion date is fall 2015.