Dr. Murphree C. Donnan, 84, President Emeritus of North Greenville College, died after a long illness Sunday, August 1, 1976, at the Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital. He was president of the college for 33 years.
Dr. Donnan became president of North Greenville in 1928 when the school was an academy supported by local churches, the North Greenville Baptist Association, and the Home Mission Board. He led the school in its transition to junior college status and enrollment growth to almost 400 students. During his administration North Greenville acquired most of its landholdings and erected several of its permanent buildings. It gained full accreditation as a junior college. It also was accepted for support by the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Dr. Donnan retired as president in August 1962, but remained for two additional years as director of development. Since that time he had lived on his cattle farm near Greer. He was president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 1960. Dr. Donnan was a veteran of World War 1 and was a member of the Greer Kiwanis Club. He was a member and former deacon of Tigerville Baptist Church.
A native of Spartanburg County, he graduated with a B.A. from Furman University and a master’s degree in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He was also awarded the D.D. degree from Furman University.
Survivors include Mrs. Donnan, a daughter, and two sons. In lieu of flowers, memorials were made to North Greenville College.
Article published in the October 1976 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.