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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks the Opening of NGU's Greer Campus

Tigerville, SC - With a snip of the ceremonial scissors, North Greenville University Interim President Dr. Randall J. Pannell, Dr. T. Walter Brashier, Craig McCoy of Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital, and City of Greer Mayor Rick Danner marked the official opening of the school’s new Greer campus. The dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony took place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16 at the new location. 

The newly renovated facility is located at 405 Lancaster Avenue in Greer and houses the school’s graduate school, College of Adult Professional Studies, and its faculty, staff, and admissions counselors. It is also home to the new Graduate School of Health Science, which began offering a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Medicine in January.

Pannell said, “This project is a testament to our mission of providing quality Christ-centered education. Having an academic space dedicated to graduate and online learning clearly demonstrates North Greenville’s dedication to their students’ education,” said Pannell.  “We are grateful for the continued vision that our administration and board has to further develop the graduate program, for Dr. T. Walter Brashier and Craig McCoy with Bon Secours/St. Francis for their generosity, the City of Greer, and our partnership with Fairview Baptist Church for the past eleven years.”

A significant portion of the day’s ceremony was dedicated to honoring Dr. T. Walter and Christine Brashier’s son, Tim Brashier, whose generous support allowed the naming of the Greer Campus Welcome Center. Their initial one million dollar donation in 2005 made the graduate school possible. Brashier’s NGU support spans over a period of five decades.

CEO of Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital Craig McCoy was also honored in today’s event. The Bon Secours/St. Francis Foundation made a significant donation to the school’s new Physician Assistant Medicine program to name the Clinical Skills Academic Center. The program launched in January with 20 students from a pool of over 600 applicants.

“The crisis in medicine looms and there is no debate – the lack of primary care and continuity of care is a big concern.  To help bridge this downward spiral and create access to care, North Greenville University launched its PA Medicine program in January 2017,” said Dr. Gregory Davenport, Dean of NGU’s Graduate School of Health Science and Chair for the Department of PA Medicine. “Bon Secours/Saint Francis provided a generous gift, allowing the PA program to purchase real to life training aids, making NGU’s PA Medicine program one of the best simulation centers in the South. 

Classes began at its first site, the former Fairview Baptist Church, on February 6, 2006, offering two graduate degree programs in Business and Christian Studies. The graduate school now offers 8 graduate and doctoral degree programs and is home to over 200 students.

When asked what having this facility meant to her, NGU Doctor of Education student Brittani Wardell said, “This facility will allow me and my cohort to grow and learn during our time in the Ed. D. NGU is proving that this program is valued by providing needed space, technology, and resources to encourage student’s success.”

NGU Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies Dr. J. Samuel Isgett summed it up this way: “Occupying this facility positions North Greenville University to dramatically increase our impact in the city of Greer as well as Greater Greenville. Our online programs for adult learners, our graduate school, and our new School of Health Science place us on the frontier of higher education for the Upstate of South Carolina and beyond.”

For 125 years, North Greenville University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, NGU has come to represent superior value in higher education.

For more information about graduate and online educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit www.ngu.edu/graduate-school.php.

Photo: From left: NGU Board of Trustees Chair Bill Tyler; NGU Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies Dr. J. Samuel Isgett; Greer Mayor Rick Danner; NGU Interim President Dr. Randall J. Pannell; Dr. T. Walter Brashier; CEO of Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital Craig McCoy.

     

 

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