North Greenville University announced Thursday a real estate gift given to the university by Greenville real estate investor Dr. T. Walter Brashier. The gift, former Steak and Ale restaurant building in Greenville, appraised at $1.6 million.
Brashier gifted the property “so NGU would have a presence in downtown Greenville,” said Brashier.
Possible uses for the 7,000-square-foot facility are to house the school’s adult continuing education program and extension offices for development and admissions.
A resident of Travelers Rest, Brashier has been prominent in real estate development across the U.S. and in the Greenville region for more than 50 years. As the founder and CEO of Brashier Family Investments, he is one of South Carolina's largest private developers.
Brashier’s support of North Greenville University spans a period of four decades.
In the early 1970's, he built Brashier Hall on the campus which presently houses female resident students. Later that decade he deeded a ten-story building which housed the college’s downtown extension program, and has supported many students with scholarship assistance. In 1998, he established the T. Walter Brashier and Family Endowed Scholarship which provides scholarship assistance to students pursuing a career in church related ministries.
In 2005 Brashier gifted one million dollars to open the NGU T. Walter Brashier Graduate School located in Greer. The Brashier Graduate School currently offers three master and one doctoral degree programs.
“Brashier has been a friend of North Greenville University for a long time. Words cannot adequately express how God has used His servant to make a tremendous difference for many years to come,” said NGU President, Dr. Jimmy Epting.
In addition to his support of North Greenville University, Brashier has generously endowed scholarships and has actively supported other charitable endeavors throughout South Carolina.He earned his B.A. degree in three years from Furman University and attended graduate school for an additional three years at Southeastern Theological Seminary and then Erskine Theological Seminary.