North Greenville College is the recipient of at $543,750 gift from Nesbitt and Martha Martin Cline of Greenville, South Carolina. This gift was given for the purchase and installation of a pipe organ in Turner Auditorium to be used by the Fine Arts Division, the twice weekly chapel services, and other special events on campus.
Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas, has been contracted to build the organ. Set for completion and installation in the fall of 2000, the organ will be a major enhancement to the NGC music program. Fine Arts Chair Dr. Jackie Griffin commented, “We are currently transporting our organ students to a church in Greenville for lessons and practice on a pipe organ. I am thrilled beyond words at the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Cline. We will be able to attract more students to the study of the organ with a pipe organ on campus.”
Mike Carlton, NGC Executive Director for Development states, “Mr. and Mrs. Cline came forward in 1995 with a sizeable donation to construct a 24-bed residence hall on our campus. The announcement of this gift in 1995 spurred a wave of support allowing the college to continue the growth necessary to meet the needs associated with the college’s substantial increases in enrollment.” Carlton added, “This most recent gift is an extraordinary gesture and is a major boost for our Fine Arts area.”
Martha Cline, a former music teacher, served as pianist for her church, Earle Street Baptist, for many years. She continues to be involved in the church’s music ministry, playing the piano for different organizations. At the presentation of this gift she remarked, “It is my desire that this organ be used to train organists for our churches. There is such a shortage of trained church organists and it is our hope and desire that we may in some small way help fill this void.”
Neb Cline, owner of The Cline Company for over 50 years shared, “We have been blessed beyond words, and feel fortunate to be able to contribute to Christian higher education in this way.”
Article published in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter