Spring is here in Clinton and at Presbyterian College
Spring has sprung in Clinton and at PC. If you haven’t been on campus lately, take some time to take a walk on the West Plaza. The campus looks the best it has in years!
As you can imagine, April is a very busy month at PC. This past Saturday we welcomed to campus approximately 205 accepted students plus their parents for a total of over 600 guests to Clinton and PC. We anticipate the majority of these students and parents will become official members of the PC family in August.
The accepted students interacted with our PC students, faculty, and staff. There was a festive mood with food trucks, inflatable games, and the conclusion of spring football practice. We look forward to welcoming this new group of Blue Hose in the fall.
On April 1, we held the annual William Plumer Jacobs Society Gala and had our largest turnout with over 180 in attendance. The WPJ Society recognizes those who have a lifetime giving level of $100,000 or more to PC.
We recognized and welcomed 11 new members, among them were local residents Bailey Dixon II and Betty and Bob Strock. We also recognized advancing members to the President’s Society (lifetime giving of $250, 000 or more) and to the Bell Tower Society (lifetime giving of $500,000 or more). Also recognized were our Patrons and Guardians and donors in the following societies: Neville Society, Cally Gault Fellows, Young Neville Society, and Pillar Society.
Each year we recognize a distinguished member of the WPJ Society. The 2016 Distinguished Member was Putsy Silas “Si” Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a 1926 graduate of PC and a member of PC’s football team, who went on to serve as mayor of Clinton, president of Clinton Textile Mill and served on the PC board. His generosity towards PC continues to impact our current students. Mr. Bailey’s daughter, Emily Bailey, accepted the award on his behalf.
Peggy and Gregg Nibert received national recognition at the recent NCAA national basketball championship for their work with foster children. The Niberts were honored as “Guardians of the Game” by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Peggy and Gregg have been foster parents to over 40 children over the last seven years. They epitomize PC’s motto “While we live, we serve.” Congratulations and thanks to the Niberts.
We also have exciting news regarding the start of construction on our Neville Renewed project. The board of trustees has approved starting construction in May at the closing of the spring term. Our faculty and students need the quality teaching and learning spaces that will be provided by this project. Faculty offices and classes normally held in Neville will be relocated around campus during construction. It is anticipated the project will be completed and ready for classes in the fall of 2017.
We could not be undertaking this project without the support of our alumni and friends of the college. This is an $11.8 million dollar project. By the time we start the project, we will have raised over $9 million. Our board of trustees and leadership team believe it is important to begin construction now, while we continue our fundraising efforts.
A very special day for the College and community is graduation. This year, we’ll present diplomas and conduct our hooding ceremony for our pharmacy graduates on Friday, May 13.
On Saturday, May 14, we’ll graduate our seniors and send them off confident in knowing they are well‐prepared and inspired to become good citizens and productive adults. We appreciate all the support we receive from the town of Clinton and surrounding areas. Together we can make the College and City better places for our students and residents.
(Bob Staton is president of Presbyterian College.)