After the public announcement of North Greenville University’s five-year $25 million GIFT God Capital Campaign in October, the school announced Thursday at a press conference that it has surpassed its campaign goal in two-and-a-half years with a gift from a long-time supporter of NGU.
The late Georgia T. Roberson, formerly of Anderson, bequeathed the school approximately $6.25 million of her estate, which goes on record as the largest single gift in North Greenville University’s 121-year history.
At the campaign kickoff celebration held at Greenville’s TD Convention Center in October of 2012, NGU announced that it had already raised $18.1 million, or 72 percent of its campaign goal. The $6.25 million gift, in addition to the other gifts brought in since the start of the campaign, surpasses the initial goal by over a half million dollars. It was announced at the press conference on Thursday that an increased “Hallelujah Goal” of $42.7 million has been set and approved by the university’s board of trustees. This extended goal has been set for the remaining years of the capital campaign scheduled for completion in 2015.
“With the current economic climate, we have been truly blessed with friends like the Robersons who realize the importance of Christ-centered higher education,” said Dr. Epting. “This is a historic day in the life of His institution.”
Roberson’s first gift in 2003 allowed the school to build the Marshall H. and Georgia T. Roberson Residence Hall which currently houses 68 female resident students on the campus. In 2006, she established a scholarship to assist full-time students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with their tuition expenses.
In addition to the $25.5 million already raised, the revised priorities for the $42.7 million campaign includes: $4.8 million addition to the school’s endowment, $4.8 million for a multipurpose indoor athletic/worship center, $3.5 million for the Academic Village at Tigerville, $1.2 million science building renovation/addition, $1.5 million for residence halls, $650,000 for athletic complex additions, and $750,000 for a building endowment.
Roberson’s bequest designated two thirds of the estate for student scholarships and has been added to the Marshall H. and Georgia T. Roberson Scholarship Fund. The remaining funds from the bequest will be used where needed.
“We are so grateful for what Mrs. Roberson has done for this University,” said Alex Miller, Vice President for University Advancement. “This college would not be where it is today without people like the Roberson’s who love the Lord and Christian higher education.”
Roberson’s husband, Marshall, who passed away in 2002, was a lifelong advocate of Christian education. He received his undergraduate degree from McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario; Masters of Theology from Immanuel Bible College in 1969; his Doctor of Theology from the University of Marietta in Marietta, GA in 1971. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Emmanuel Bible College in 1968.
His first pastorate was at Hills Park Baptist Church in Atlanta. He then served as pastor of Central Baptist Church in Anderson from 1955 until 1969 at which time he resigned from the ministry to go into business. He founded American Sentry Burglar & Fire Alarm Company in Anderson and in 1971 bought Anderson Answering Service. He was founder, president, and owner until 1997 when he sold the business, which is now known as Blue Ridge Security. He also owned the Carolina Institute of Aeronautics, where he was a flight instructor. This is where he and Georgia met. The two were married in March of 1964.
Georgia Roberson worked for Clemson University with the Cooperative Extension Service. She was also Vice-President, Secretary, Co-Founder and partner in business with Dr. Roberson at American Sentry while working at Clemson. She retired from Clemson after 34 years of service. She is a 1945 graduate of Winthrop University and received her masters in 1958 from the University of Maryland. The Robersons were faithful members of First Baptist Church, Anderson.
For more information about the Gift God Campaign contact NGU’s Office of University Advancement at 864.977.7015 or visit the www.ngu.edu/ggc.php.