Uniting and Collaborating With the Community

“Town-gown” should be more than shorthand for conflict between institutions and the communities in which they reside. Furman has enjoyed a strong relationship with Greenville and South Carolina, and seeks to enhance its role as a key partner in the region’s intellectual, cultural and economic development. A number of important partnerships already exist, and strengthening those relationships while exploring new opportunities will be important to instilling in students an ongoing sense of responsibility to the larger world.

This area of priority seeks commitments of $20 million to support:

  • A stronger presence in Greenville through cultural, commercial and service leadership initiatives, including partnerships with prominent arts organizations.  The recent grant for $2MM from the Duke Endowment will help make this a reality for Furman. 
  • Ongoing enhancement of the Shi Center’s leadership role in environmental education and stewardship.
  • Greater opportunities and a new facility for Continuing Education programs (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Corporate and Professional Development, Bridges to a Brighter Future, Undergraduate Evening Studies and Learning For You).
  • Program development for the Riley Institute at Furman.
  • Expanded community service programs.