Dedication of the new Edwin F. Averyt Learning Center was the highlight of Founders’ Day observances at North Greenville College on January 16, 1975.
Main speaker for the program was Dr. A. Harold Cole, General Secretary-Treasurer, South Carolina Baptist Convention of Columbia. Speaking on “The Place and Work of the Christian College,” Dr. Cole pointed out that “we in America are the inheritors of two great traditions: the churches and the schools, faith, and learning.”
“We pursue education that leads to faith, vision, understanding, and dedication as well as technical and vocational skills.”
“Our involvement in the field of higher education is to give moral and spiritual direction and purpose to the great power created by education itself.”
The new center, completed last fall, houses a 38,000 volume library, with a potential capacity for 70,000 volumes. The main floor includes study carrels, a listening area and language lab, faculty seminar room, art gallery, historical conference room, and exterior balconies for reading or just looking at the mountains.
Library stacks are located on the second floor, along with card catalog files, reference desk, workroom, microfilm room, and lounge. The lower half-story with a service entrance includes an audiovisual office, art studio, darkroom, and multiuse auditorium for film viewing, rehearsals, and recitals.
The new Averyt Center is named in honor of Edwin Franklin Averyt of Columbia. Averyt founded Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company of Columbia in 1937 and served as president and chairman of the Board of Directors form its inception until his retirement in 1970. He continues to serve on the company’s executive and investment committees and as a member of the Board of Trustees.
At North Greenville, Averyt serves as honorary co-chairman of the North Greenville Board of Advisors, which serves as advisors to the college’s “Decade for New Dimensions” capital funds campaign. He is a member of Shandon Baptist Church of Columbia, a life member of the Finance Committee, and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The 25-member Board of Trustees joined the college in the observance of Founders’ Day and met during the afternoon for their semi-annual session.
Article printed in the Summer 1975 issue of North Greenville College Alumni News