North Greenville College welcomes the newly-elected president, Dr. George Silver, of Easton, Maryland, to the campus on August 1 when he arrives to assume his official duties. He was elected by the Board of Trustees Saturday, May 24, 1975, to become the fourth president of the institution since the two-year college program was inaugurated 40 years ago.
The president-elect was presented to the North Greenville Board of Trustees at the special called meeting by Dr. Boyce Tollison, Easley physician and chairman of the five-member committee to recommend a president. Other members of the committee were James Black, Easley; Dr. Basil Manly IV, Greenville; Joe L. Eudy, Swansea; and the Reverend Robert E. Cuttino, Lancaster.
Dr. Silver has been president of Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland, since its beginning nine years ago. He recruited the faculty and staff in the development of this comprehensive two-year college sponsored by four counties on the state’s eastern shore.
A native of New Jersey, Dr. Silver is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University. He earned the Master of Education degree from Rutgers University, and the Doctor of Education degree from Temple University.
The 48-year-old educator has taught on the junior and senior level. He was Administrative Assistant to Directors of Logistics and Finance and Assistant Director of Finance for the Department of Defense of the State of New Jersey for seven and one-half years. He served for four years as business manager of Jersey City State College and in the same position at Meredith College, a Baptist school for women, in Raleigh, NC, for two years prior to his work at Chesapeake College. He is presently an officer in the Army Reserve.
Dr. Silver is well known in Maryland as an active Baptist layman. He is president of the State Convention’s Executive Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.
During his visit to the North Greenville campus, Dr. Silver said, “I am delighted for the opportunity of serving the people of South Carolina through a Christian institution of higher learning, and look forward to the opportunity and challenge.”
Dr. Silver is marked to the former Jane Harman, also a native of New Jersey. She has a B.S. degree in secondary education from Trenton State College and a Masters degree in counseling from Towson State College, and has done further study at the Universities of North Carolina and Maryland.
A former teacher in the public schools of New Jersey and Maryland, she has served as counselor and coordinator of Alumni Affairs at Chesapeake College since 1968. An active Christian, she is a Sunday School teacher and W.M.U. leader. Her hobbies include reading and needlework.
The Silvers have two children. George Reeve, 23, is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College and now a first-year veterinary student at Tuskegee Institute. He is married to the former Elizabeth Ann Franklin, a registered nurse. Melissa, 19, will begin her sophomore year at Furman University this fall.
Article printed in the Summer 1975 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni News.