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Close / Hipp Building

1973, 1983; College Of Business Administration

Features of the eight-story, 408,000-square-foot twin structures include 29 classrooms; television facilities furnished with color equipment used by the College's internationally known MBA-TV continuing education program; a 400-seat auditorium; one floor devoted to state-of-the-art computer and statistics equipment; and a library seating 400.

The USC-Business Partnership Foundation was instrumental in raising funds to augment state monies for the construction of the $14 million building.

Facilities in the building named in recognition of major contributors to the College through the USC Business Partnership Foundation are: the Charles E. Daniel (1895-1965) Continuing Education Center, the James C. Self (1876-1955) Management Science Center, the Elliott White Springs (1896-1959) Library, the Belk Auditorium, the South Carolina National Bank Educational Television Center, and the First National Bank Counseling Center. Classrooms commemorate by identification: Burlington Industries, Horsman Dolls, the Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina, Bankers Trust of South Carolina, the Gregg-Graniteville Foundation, Allied Chemical Foundation, Synalloy Corporation, Lawrence S. Barringer, Sr. (1897-1965), Harold Boeschenstein (1896-1972) (Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corporation), South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, and Wachovia Bank and Trust Company.

The late H. William Close (1919-1983, 1967 Law Honorary) was a vital part of Springs Industries, Inc., for 37 years. He joined the firm in 1946 and when his father-in-law, Colonel Elliott White Springs, died in 1959, Close became president of the several companies in the organization. He became board chairman in 1969 and remained so until his death. An ardent spokesman for the textile industry, he was named Textile Man of the Year in 1963. Close was a founding member of the USC-Business Partnership Foundation and an honorary life member of the Greater USC Alumni Association.

Francis M. Hipp (1964 Law Honorary), chairman of the Liberty Corporation and son of its founder, has been a principal leader in South Carolina's business and political activities. A native South Carolinian, in 1936 he joined the Greenville-based family business, and when his father died seven years later, he became president of the company at the age of 31. The company grew to one with assets of $937 million in 1985. He became chairman of The Liberty Corporation - a holding company active in the life insurance, broadcasting, and savings and loan industries - in 1968. He was named South Carolinian of the Year in 1980 by the South Carolina State Chamber of Commerce, and was the first chairman of the South Carolina State Development Board. Hipp is former chairman of the Palmetto Forum and former president of the USC-Business Partnership Foundation, and a member of its board.

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