Travelers Rest philanthropist Dr. T. Walter Brashier and his wife, Christine, have gifted the university with the 17,225-square-foot building at 199 Hunt St. in Greer, located adjacent to NGU’s existing Tim Brashier Campus.
“This is an incredible gift from a visionary family,” says NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. “We are constantly astonished by the generosity of the Brashiers and forever grateful for their continued support of our mission: to equip transformational leaders for church and society.”
With the addition of this second facility, NGU’s Greer campus will gain new spaces for classes, offices, and meetings to accommodate its growing list of adult learning offerings. Current programs include graduate degrees, including one of the only physician assistant (PA) medicine programs in the state; fully online undergraduate degrees; and even professional development events covering a variety of topics.
Locals may remember that the Hunt Street property — which encompasses two acres of land, the building, and a paved parking lot — previously housed the Ryan’s Corporate Training Center. The structure has lain dormant, for the most part, since 2016.
That was the same year NGU bought its first Greer campus building at 405 Lancaster Ave., relocating from leased space at Fairview Baptist Church. NGU’s Greer campus officially opened during the Spring 2017 semester as the Tim Brashier Campus at Greer, named in memory of the Brashiers’ son, Tim.
The Brashiers have supported NGU for more than five decades. The family’s $1 million donation in 2005 enabled NGU to launch its graduate school, and a second gift of $1 million in 2017 created a graduate school scholarship fund for Upstate residents and NGU alumni.
The Brashiers’ latest gift, the Hunt Street building, is a promise of even greater things to come at NGU’s Greer campus.
“I’m extremely excited about this campus expansion,” says Dr. Tawana Scott (’85, MBA ’08), NGU’s assistant vice president of graduate academic services. “It gives us the opportunity to gain a more substantial presence in Greer by providing broader offerings for professionals in the fields of business, education, and ministry — helping them to become transformational leaders in the areas where they are called to serve.”
Future plans for NGU’s Tim Brashier Campus at Greer include adding not only more degree programs in business, education, and ministry, but also more professional development events.
The campus currently serves nearly 500 students per term — some from as nearby as up the street in Greer, most from somewhere within South Carolina, and others from as far away as California and Texas. But NGU leaders like Scott foresee increasing that reach significantly with the coming expansion.
Learn more about NGU’s adult learning opportunities at ngu.edu/academics.