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Greenville businessman provides $2 million gift to Wofford

Sunday, April 10, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Greenville, S.C., businessman Hayne Hipp has announced a $2 million gift to Wofford College to endow its Liberty Fellowship Program, a statewide leadership development program. It is one of the largest gifts to date to its $105 million Campaign for Wofford.

The gift from the former chair and CEO of Liberty Corp. brings the total of the Campaign for Wofford to more than $64.5 million.

The Liberty Fellowship (www.libertyfellowshipsc.org), supported by a partnership of Hipp, Wofford College and The Aspen Institute, “seeks to promote outstanding leadership in South Carolina, empowering the state and its future leaders to realize their full potential.” Its mission is to offer the state’s next generation of leaders “the opportunity to explore the values that sustain them; cultivate respect for both the ideas and beliefs of others; and become significant contributors to our state, and to society at large.”

“Our current Fellows’ progress and enthusiasm make it abundantly clear that some of the brightest minds in the country are here in South Carolina,” Hipp says. “We are tapping potential, and as Fellows graduate and move into even greater leadership roles, it will be exciting to see how that potential manifests itself throughout the state.”

Wofford President Benjamin B. Dunlap praised Hipp and his commitment to Wofford. “Hayne Hipp’s ultimate vision is for the betterment of South Carolina by means of the Liberty Fellowship, for which the third class of Fellows is currently being selected. That he chose Wofford College as the home of the Liberty Fellowship means a great deal to us at the college. We are excited by his vision for the state and grateful for his confidence in Wofford.”

Representing the largest capital campaign in the college’s history, the Campaign for Wofford, begun in October 2002, has raised a total of more than $64.5 million in cash and pledges toward the $105 million goal, to be reached by the end of 2009. The campaign includes funding for permanent endowed professorships and chairs, and endowed scholarships; Annual Fund and Terrier Club support; facilities needs, such as the restoration of the historic Main Building; and funds for enrichment of academic and campus programs. Jerome J. Richardson (Class of 1959), member of the college’s board of trustees and founder of the Carolina Panthers, is chairman of the National Campaign Steering Committee. Vice chairs of the campaign are J. Harold Chandler, a Wofford trustee and chairman/CEO of Benefit Partners of America in Nashville, Tenn., and Hugh C. Lane Jr., a Wofford trustee and president/CEO of The Bank of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.