FLORENCE – The Betty Jean Windham Greer Chair in Library Science has been established at Francis Marion University. The chair was established by Grady Greer of Florence, in honor of his wife.
Endowed for $100,000, the purpose of the chair is to honor current or future members of the faculty of the James A. Rogers Library for academic excellence, integrity and professionalism in their field.
The awarding of the chair may also be used as a recruiting incentive for new members of the library faculty. The chair is expected to be awarded this month.
"We are grateful to the Greers for creating the Betty Jean Windham Greer Chair in Library Science which allows us to retain and invite the best in the field to Francis Marion University," said FMU President Fred Carter. “This chair will serve as a permanent tribute to the benevolence of the Greer family and their commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for our students.”
A native of Lamar, Betty Jean Windham Greer, worked as an assistant librarian and reading teacher in Darlington County School District during her 7-year tenure as a teacher. She also worked as the director of the Title One reading program in Darlington County School District for 12 years. She attended Winthrop College where she earned a bachelor's degree in English and French and a master's degree in reading and library science.
Grady Greer is a native of Greer and the couple has lived in Florence for 29 years.
"I am thrilled my husband has made the initial gift to Francis Marion on my behalf that provides seed money for what we hope will be a long and storied program that is stimulating for undergraduate and graduate students and will help to build better understanding in the world," said Betty Jean Windham Greer. "Our family is deeply committed to supporting the outstanding work conducted at Francis Marion, particularly in the areas of library science."
Beyond establishing the endowed chair, Toledo Carolina Inc., where Grady Greer is owner and CEO, established an endowed scholarship for $25,000 in 2005.
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