CSU dedicates leadership center to benefactor

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston Southern University is honoring a family who have made a huge impact on the school's development.Shirley and Floyd Whitfield, longtime benefactors of the university, recently donated $3 million to the school. In recognition, the university is naming the Center for Christian Leadership building the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership. The 26,500-square-foot building is part of CSU's $40 million Transform campaign project. "Shirley and Floyd were the first people Sissy and I met when we moved to Charleston," said CSU President Jairy C. Hunter, Jr. "The Whitfields are our trusted friends who continue to be loyal ambassadors for the university and faithful supporters of Christian higher education.{} Floyd is an astute businessman with a big heart whose counsel I continue to value.{} One of the comments he enjoys saying to me is, 'I'm always ready and willing to do anything you can get me to do.'" CSU officials say Shirley and Floyd Whitfield have been involved in property development in the Lowcountry for over 50 years."The Center for Christian Leadership will be a primary resource for faith integration, community outreach and leadership development," said Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies. "It will enable the university to become a leading voice of Christian thought that is biblical in content, transformational in nature and universal in scope.""The incredibly significant investment Floyd and Shirley Whitfield have made in the Center for Christian Leadership is a wonderful affirmation of the vision God has been developing at Charleston Southern," said Doug Hunter, executive director of the Center for Christian Leadership.{} "It's also a powerful testimony to the commitment they share for developing Kingdom Leaders for the next generation." "On behalf of the board of directors and leadership teams of both Lifeworks Charleston and God in the Workplace, I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you for this generous gift toward the Center for Christian Leadership. This gift will allow Kingdom Building to continue and be expanded upon by many local small business owners by attending many events that will be held in this new center," said Mark Smith, vice president of McAlister-Smith Funeral Home.It's not the only building on campus that bears the Whitfield name. They also helped finance the four-story Whitfield Stadium Center that opened in 2000.