Paul Wood of Tigerville, South Carolina, recently gave North Greenville College $200,000 designated for the upgrade and renovation of the Averyt Learning Center. This gift was given in memory of his late wife, Mildred, who died in 1997. Mrs. Wood taught school at Tigerville Elementary, Highland Elementary, and Callahan Elementary in upper Greenville County. She retired from teaching in 1974 after more than 35 years in the classroom.

Wood commented, “Mildred had a great desire for all of her pupils to reach their full potential. It is my hope and that of my family that this gift will offer improved facilities and state of the art equipment in the library at NGC, thereby enabling North Greenville College students to reach their full potential.”

Wood was born and reared in the Tigerville, South Carolina, community. He attended North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1928 and graduated in 1932 and continued his studies at Mars Hill College, graduating in 1934.

Mike Carlton, Executive Director for Development, commented, “How refreshing the generosity of Paul and Mildred Wood has been for me. Their earlier gift of $50,000 for the much needed addition to Neves Cafeteria enabled us to meet the needs associated with our growing student body. Mr. Wood’s gift of $200,000 has enabled us to proceed quickly on the addition of needed classroom space as well as the upgrade and renovation of the existing facilities in the Averyt Learning Center.”

With a student body of over 1000 students, continued expansion of the facilities has been necessary to meet the needs associated with a growing curriculum and student population. Construction is also underway to expand the auditorium seating and provide more housing for married students. A proposed $4 million Fine Arts Center is in the fundraising stages with over $2.4 million raised toward the goal.

President Epting added, “I greatly admire and appreciate Paul Wood and his family for their continued support and interest in the growth and progress at North Greenville College. This gift helped us to reach our goal for this project and allowed the work on the library to begin with a Fall 1998 completion date. His kindness and unselfish attitude in giving to North Greenville College will help his alma mater to continue to train students in the way that God would have them to go.”

Article published in the September 1998 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.

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