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NGU Honors 2016 Stewardship Recipients

Tigerville SC (December 5, 2016) The North Greenville University community gathered on November 10 at Greer City Hall for its annual donor appreciation and recognition dinner. The university recognized donors who have shown exemplary service, commitment, and a lifetime of giving to NGU.



Dr. Cathy Sepko from Greer received the faculty/staff heritage award given to a current or retired member of the university family whose gifts embody the spirit of the institution.

Sepko has served as a professor of English at NGU since 1996. She has held various faculty positions, including dean of the College of Humanities, faculty chair, and faculty marshal. She has received a variety of teaching honors, including the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Excellence in Teaching Award. She will also be the keynote speaker for the university’s December commencement on December 9.



Dick Brooks Honda of Greer was the recipient of the foundation/corporation award of the year. This award is presented to the foundation or corporation whose influence over an extended time period has served to enhance and uphold the mission of NGU. 

Dick Brooks Honda has provided a car to NGU to use for university business since 2007. The company makes NGU’s Crusader Club Golf Classic quite a unique event each year by donating a pre-owned car to be given away on a closest-to-the-pin hole. They have also supported global missions at NGU and provided for the needs of several athletic teams.

Another recipient of the dealership’s generosity is Mobile Meals. They are the presenting sponsor each year for Mobile Meals’ golf tournament, an event that raises over $100,000 annually to help provide over 90,000 meals to the citizens of Greer.

They also are the presenting sponsor for Water of Life, a nonprofit that partner with local pastors to offer fresh water wells to isolated communities and villages in West Africa and India.

Dick Brooks Honda obviously has a passion for giving back to its community in meaningful ways, including to NGU.

The award was presented to co-owners (L to R) Bill and Stacey Jackson and Ed Rich, Dick Brooks Honda dealer manager and general manager.



The Board Leadership Award was given to Gary Glenn from Greenville. This annual award is presented to a member of the university’s board of trustees whose support serves as an example to others.

Glenn is a 1965 graduate of Greenville High School and attended Gardner Webb. He is currently retired, but previously worked at a used car business. He and his wife Betty Joe have been married for 22 years and they have one daughter, Stacy. He is an avid supporter of Crusader athletics.




The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Jim and Ann Black of Easley as the couple who has made a significant contribution through a lifetime of leadership, inspiration, service and commitment to North Greenville University and its mission.

Jim grew up in the Greer Community and attended Greer First Baptist. He graduated from Greer High School and the Citadel with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He went on to accomplish a very successful career in the Insurance Business.

 Ann graduated from Conway High School as an honor graduate and is a graduate of Coker College. She went on to earn her master’s degree in education from Clemson and became a nationally certified school psychologist and held a career as a licensed psycho-educational specialist.     

In 1968, Jim began his working relationship with North Greenville as a trustee where he has served under every president from President Neely until present. In 2002, Jim received an honorary doctorate of humanities.

After his retirement in 1996, he spends his time with Ann and his family, always looking for opportunities to promote NGU.


The Legacy Award was given posthumously to Richard Kilpatrick of Chesnee whose generosity of resources exceeds all others during the past year.

Kilpatrick was a graduate of Carson-Newman with a major in political science and history. He did graduate work at the University of Virginia and Columbia University in Asian Studies, Economics, and Political Science.  He served four years in the U.S. Foreign Service which included postings in Japan, Indonesia, Washington, China, and Australia.  Upon his retirement, he returned to Greenville where he was an active member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Greenville and served in a number of capacities including deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir director.  While at Rocky Creek, Richard began mission trips to Brazil and China. Upon his death, he continued his legacy by establishing scholarships for students serving in Christian ministry in memory of his mother, Edith J. Kilpatrick, a 1939 North Greenville alumna.

His award was accepted by his sister and brother-in-law, Myra and Arthur Phillips.


Mark Dupes from Sweetwater, TN was awarded the Tip of the Sword Award which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to NGU through financial support, dedication, and passion to Crusader athletics.

Dupes is a 1981 graduate of Sweetwater High School and a 1989 graduate of Carson-Newman University.  After completing his education, Dupes worked as the southeast regional sales manager at Easton Sports.  He currently works for Nike as the assistant director for football. Mark and his wife of 26 years, Hollie, have three daughters: Taylor, a 2015 NGU alumna, Megan, and Emery. (Not pictured)


Dr. Ralph Hendricks from Simpsonville was awarded the Lifetime Legacy Award which recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution through a lifetime of exemplary service to North Greenville University and a personal commitment to the financial sustainability of the institution.

 Hendricks was born in Bowman, Ga. April 27, 1917 and was the oldest of six children. Growing up during the depression, Hendricks family moved several times during his early childhood.  Since Hendricks was the oldest child, he had to start work at a very early age to help support their family. Due to this fact, he never received much education which resulted in Hendricks having a strong desire to encourage young people to get a good education before stepping out in the world to pursue their dreams. 

 After World War II, Hendricks secured a job with his father-in-law, a part-owner of a building supply operation in Simpsonville. Hendricks later purchased his interest and become part-owner and manager. He expanded his business interests by getting into land development where he specialized in selling lots and building homes.

Prior to the death of Hendricks’ first wife in 1985, the couple had explored ways they could give back by helping young people in the Simpsonville area. From their desire to help others, Hendricks decided to create the Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation with the primary mission of providing college scholarships to young people. The foundation has helped over 500 students from Hillcrest High and Woodmont High with scholarships to attend area colleges, including NGU. The Hendricks have also supported several NGU capital projects including the athletic field house.

Hendricks has been awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent Award from the South Carolina State Senate recognizing his service on the City Council in Simpsonville for nearly fifteen years, including twelve years as mayor of Simpsonville. He is the recipient of NGU’s 2013 Board Leadership Award and was awarded an honorary doctor of Christian leadership in 2013.          

 At the age of 100, Hendricks is still very active and enjoys going to the office to take care of the day to day operations of his business, Hendricks Properties, Inc. in Simpsonville.


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