Fant's First Year
It’s official: Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., has wrapped up his first year as president at North Greenville University!
Wondering what NGU’s been up to since he arrived? Here are the highlights.
125th Anniversary Celebration and Presidential Inauguration – Fant took office on June 1, 2017, just as the 125th Anniversary Celebration at NGU was beginning, which included a slew of special events that culminated in his official inauguration on April 13, 2018. Among the nearly 1,000 attendees at the inauguration were Fant’s relatives and friends, NGU family, and delegates from more than 22 fellow universities.
Unit G Renovation – Last fall, NGU’s Campus Enhancements team did a total remodel of Unit G, a residence hall for male students that now boasts new electrical, heating and air, flooring, LED lighting, roofing, furniture, and more. NGU hopes this will be the first of many residence hall remodels as funding becomes available.
Dillard Field – Ashmore Park is underway, a project that will add a new 700-seat athletic stadium, residential options, and recreational spaces to NGU’s Tigerville campus. Phase one included a complete reworking of the newly named Dillard Field, where NGU hosted its first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II regional baseball tournament in May.
Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars Program – Made possible by a gift from the T. Walter Brashier family, Fant has introduced the Martin Timothy Brashier Graduate Scholars Program to provide scholarships to residents of Upstate South Carolina and NGU alumni who are enrolled in one of NGU’s online undergraduate or graduate programs.
Mary Black School of Nursing Partnership – Through a new partnership with the Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate, NGU biology majors can now earn a dual degree in nursing within just five years. NGU’s new biology and nursing degree is intended to meet the growing demand for nurses in the state.
Campus Safety – Fant has also worked to improve campus safety at NGU by adding additional lighting throughout campus, better vehicles and training for Campus Security officers, and new safety measures such as Nightlock devices for faculty and staff to use during emergency situations.
Red Carpet Gala – The NGU family gathered last October at the Poinsett Club in downtown Greenville, SC, for a Red Carpet Gala to celebrate the community that has nurtured the institution for the past several decades. At the event, the university recognized donors who have shown exemplary service, commitment, and a lifetime of giving to NGU.
Chick-fil-A Restaurant – Under Fant’s leadership, NGU has opened a brand new Chick-fil-A at its Tigerville campus. The restaurant officially opened on Aug. 15, 2018 — just in time for the start of the 2018-19 academic year.
Alumnus McGaha Aiming to Visit Every Cook Out
He knocked out his 100th Cook Out in Wilmington, NC, the 32nd location of a 48-hour tour last November.
NGU Begins New Academic Year With Worship, Celebration
The university honored staff members who have reached milestone years of service.
Students Take On Ambitious Project With ‘Songs for a New World’
Tickets available to purchase online or at the Theatre Box Office. Show times are Feb. 14-16 & Feb. 21-23 at 7:30pm.
Cathy Sepko Doesn’t Slow Down for Anything
If you’ve been around NGU for a while, you’ve likely seen Cathy Sepko out on the front porch of White Hall.
NGU Makes List of Christian Universities with Lowest Debt Burden
Christian Universities Online (CUO) has included...
Miss NGU 2016 Represents University with Beauty of Character
Christal Potter felt perfect peace and excitement as she waited to hear her name called at the finale of the 80th Miss SC Pageant.
NGU to Host Annual Faith at Work Business Symposium
Guest speakers to include Tobin Cassels, Lauren Green, and Josh Kimbrell ('07).
NGU Voice Students Advance to Regional Competition
Fourteen singers received scores to advance to compete next spring.