Because of a gift from long time benefactors, Dr. Arnold and Pauline Emery of Landrum, South Carolina, North Greenville College is planning a new 68-bed Residence Hall. This residence hall, to be built at the main entrance of the campus, will have a total square footage of 12,032. During the Fall 1999 semester, the college utilized every available bed in the residence halls and also converted college owned houses into temporary residence hall space to accommodate more than 740 students who live on campus.
Through this gift in excess of $500,000, construction is underway on this Residence Hall to ensure completion by early August 2000 when the students will return for the Fall 2000 semester.
Arnold is a 1958 graduate of North Greenville Junior College where he received the associate degree. Upon his graduation, he began working and building his company, Arnold Emery Lumber Company, into the successful business it is today. He comments that this wife Pauline, working side-by-side with him, has been an integral part of the company’s success.
When North Greenville added Business Administration to its four-year degree programs, Arnold enrolled and is a 1996 graduate of North Greenville College. He confessed that studying was difficult with the demands of his business and his family life, but he is happy with his sense of accomplishment in earning his degree.
The college honored Arnold in 1996 with an honorary doctorate degree in recognition of his devotion and commitment to his alma mater.
He is serving in his second five-year term as a member of the North Greenville College Board of Trustees. His first term was 1983 to 1987, during which time he served as chairman.
Arnold is actively involved in various civic and community organizations other than NGC. He is a member of the Board of Governors as well as Chairman of Shriner’s Hospital and Vice-Chairman of the Glassy Mountain Fire Commission. He and his wife are members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where they are both actively involved. He serves as a chairman of the deacons and is affectionately known to all the children as “the Candyman,” because he always has a treat for every child he meets.
Arnold and Pauline Emery have aided numerous worthy projects with their generosity. North Greenville College is one of many. Much of their success in business can be attributed to the kind and generous nature they display with every person they meet.
It has been said that life’s satisfying experiences rush to the person who gives before there are any guarantees of return. It is with this unselfish attitude that Dr. and Mrs. Emery live their lives each day.
Dr. Emery commented, “Pauline and I are thankful for the blessings the Lord has given us, and we feel privileged to share with others. We are especially happy to support North Greenville College and share in their commitment of providing a quality education in a Christian environment.”
Article published in the March 2000 issue of the North Greenville College Alumni Newsletter.