CSU receives $3 million donation

The Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership building at Charleston Southern University. (photo/provided)
The Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership building at Charleston Southern University. (photo/provided)
Staff Report
Published Sept. 19, 2013

Charleston Southern University received a $3 million gift for the school’s Center for Christian Leadership, the university said in a news release.

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CSU President Jairy C. Hunter Jr. said the contribution came from Shirley and Floyd Whitfield, who are longtime benefactors of the university. In recognition of the donation, CSU is naming the center for the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership.

A dedication ceremony was held last week for the 26,500-square-foot facility. CSU said the center is the cornerstone project of a $40 million fundraising campaign.

“The Whitfields are our trusted friends who continue to be loyal ambassadors for the university and faithful supporters of Christian higher education,” Hunter said in a statement. “Floyd is an astute businessman with a big heart whose counsel I continue to value. One of the comments he enjoys saying to me is, ‘I’m always ready and willing to do anything you can get me to do.’”

The $3 million contribution is among several made by the Whitfields, who were involved in Charleston-area land development for 50 years, the university said. They are members of the CSU Legacy Society, which provides bequests for the school. They also have endowed a scholarship fund that offers scholarships to 50 students each year.

The Whitfield Stadium Center is another of the couple’s gifts to the university, CSU said. The four-story stadium center, which opened in 2000 and can be seen from U.S. Highway 78 in North Charleston, is home to the CSU Buccaneer football and track and field programs.

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