Dallah and Ann Forrest of Greenville, South Carolina, have given North Greenville College $100,000 designated for the proposed Fine Arts Center tentatively scheduled to break ground this year.
The $5 million capital campaign was established to upgrade and expand the Fine Arts area of the college. The fine arts department has grown tremendously over the last seven years due to increased enrollment in this area. Plans are for the new Fine Arts Center to be built adjacent to and adjoining Turner Auditorium. This facility will offer much needed classroom, practice and performing areas for students, as well as office space for fine arts professors.
Also included in this capital campaign is an upgrade and addition to the Averyt Learning Center/Hester Memorial Library. Hester Memorial Library requires upgrading as well as automation to facilitate and expedite student requests. Additional classroom space in this facility is also scheduled as part of this project.
Dallah and Ann Forrest recognize the need for improvement in the fine arts where Dallah is a professor of music theory. They are motivated to support this project, because they realize that in training students in a Christ-centered environment, this instruction will enhance the cause of Christ through the arts.
For instance, they explain that through this music training, ministers of music will go into the churches and, in turn, send students to North Greenville College to receive the same Christ-centered education they received.
Their support of North Greenville College is long-standing. They have provided student support through an endowment fund and recalled the time over 20 years ago, when they donated a grand piano to the College for the fine arts area. More recently they donated funds to establish a computer lab in the music area.
Dr. Jackie Griffin, chair of the fine arts division, commented, “The computer lab has enhanced the music department tremendously. This allows students and faculty alike to compose music and it has also benefited our professors in the teaching process. We are so appreciative of the continued support of Dallah and Ann Forest.”
Mike Carlton, executive director for development, states, “Dallah and Ann Forrest are to be commended for their dedicated support and volunteer spirit to North Greenville College. Without their help as chairpersons of the campaign, we would not have been able to progress as rapidly on this project.”
Dallah and Ann stated that when offered the opportunity to chair this steering committee, they enthusiastically accepted. They are aware of the needs in the existing physical facility and see their involvement as a means of outreach to students. They believe the enhancement of this facility will provide a better quality education for NGC students.
As campaign chairs of the steering committee, they oversee a committee of twelve people who are responsible for the overall Fine Arts project, beginning with the architectural drawings to the completed project.
Dallah and Ann are members of Berea First Baptist Church where they teach Sunday school and he is vice-chairman of the deacons. As loyal supporters of the arts in Greenville, Dallah is currently a member of the Greenville Chorale where he will serve as President of the Board in July. He attended North Greenville College and Furman University where he received a degree in music theory. He is an aspiring composer and singer in his spare time away from Summersett Golf Club where he is owner and developer. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Article published in the April 1998 North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.