Long Time Supporter of Greenville Tech Becomes the Largest Cash Donor in the College's History


AUGUST 19, 2014 

Long Time Supporter of Greenville Tech Becomes the Largest Cash Donor in the College's History


                    

             

Left to Right: Mr. Les Gardner, Director of Development, Greenville Tech Foundation; Evelyn Benson; Jim Benson; Dr. Keith Miller, President, Greenville Technical College; Bob Howard, President, Greenville Tech Foundation

 

For better than a decade Jim Benson has been a significant supporter of the students at Greenville Tech with annual gifts to the Greenville Tech Foundation.  On August 8th the owner of auto dealerships in Greer, Easley and Spartanburg, and his wife Evelyn, announced the largest cash gift in the 52 year history of Greenville Tech.  Their gift of $3 million dollars will be used for improvements and expansion of the growing campus in Greer...now named the Benson Campus in recognition of their gift.

Jim Benson, who got his start in business by hauling used vehicles from Pennsylvania to sell in the Greer area and is now the leader of one of the largest family owned auto retailing organizations based in South Carolina, said people of the Greer community "were very supportive of my businesses from the start, and I owe a debt of gratitude to them.  This is my way of giving back to Greer." 

Greenville Tech President, Dr. Keith Miller, said, "We work hard to prepare students to work for leading companies in the Greer area including BMW, Mitsubishi and many others and to ensure that employers have a ready supply of highly skilled job candidates.  Jim's investment in the campus, now to be called the Benson Campus in recognition of this gift, is an investment in the upstate, and we are very grateful for this generosity."

In recognition of the gift of $2 million immediately and a pledge of one million dollars to be paid over the next five years the campus has been re-named "The Benson Campus" and the administration building has been re-named "The Evelyn and Jim Benson Center."