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Board of Trustees begin 2020 with ‘Harmonious Meeting’

Tigerville, SC (March 3, 2020) The first North Greenville University (NGU) Board of Trustees meeting of 2020 was full of reminders concerning God's faithfulness to NGU said Board Chairman Dr. Travis Agnew (‘03) about their meeting in February. After the meeting began with a devotion from Isaiah 6 and a time of prayer, singers from the NGU Concert Choir encircled the board members seated around the board room.

“As they sang, ‘Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling,’ it was such a reminder to our board why we do what we do. We each feel called to leverage our opportunities to equip students like these to be transformational leaders for church and society,” said Agnew.

NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., agrees with Agnew saying “these students’ voices set the tone for a harmonious meeting where we reviewed our upcoming SACSCOC review, our continued emphasis on affordability, and next year’s budget. We are grateful for the passion and expertise that our board members bring to our campus and look forward to a great year of leadership.”

During the meeting, the Board affirmed the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) which is “Promoting Student Success Among First-Generation Students: NGU One.” The QEP is an integral part of the decennial reaffirmation of accreditation process required by the accrediting body for NGU, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

The 2020 QEP is built around the creation and implementation of ONE, a program that celebrates first-generation college students and connects them with the knowledge and support that will enable them to experience a great beginning to their college career, setting them on a path to success. The program will focus on traditional first-generation college students over their first year at NGU and seek to increase the students’ sense of belonging, their knowledge of University resources, and their ability to persist through graduation. ONE will be part of the Center for Student Success.

The Board reviewed the institution’s mission statement: North Greenville University exists to glorify God by cultivating graduates who are equipped to serve as transformational leaders for church and society. The chair led a discussion regarding its continued relevancy to the university’s work and voted unanimously to affirm it as the university’s overarching mission statement.

Also, the administration presented the budget for the Fiscal Year 2020-21. The Board unanimously passed the first draft of the $48 million budget which would be a $1.3 million increase over the 2019-20 budget.

“It is a unique thing to sit in a board meeting and feel more like you are a part of a family gathering or a worship service, but that's the difference you experience with North Greenville University. Christ makes the difference, and our best days with Him are still ahead of us,” said Agnew.  

For information about NGU's undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs, visit NGU.edu/academics

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