Newberry Dedicates New Pearson Hall
In November, Newberry College hosted a dedication for Pearson Hall, the school’s newly constructed residence hall named in memory of L. Wayne Pearson, Sr. (Delta Epsilon–Newberry ’67). Pearson was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lowcountry Savings Bank in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina from 1986 until it was acquired by Carolina First Bank in 1997, and then was the Chairman and President of South Coast Community Bank from June 1998 until it was acquired by the Bank of North Carolina. He also held positions of Vice Chairman of the Lowcountry Board of Directors, and Vice President for the Savings Division of Cooper River Federal Savings and Loan Association in North Charleston. He had lived in the Mount Pleasant area for nearly 40 years and was serving as a board member of the State Board of Financial Institutions before his death last March.
“Wayne would be extremely humbled by this honor, but I know he would be grinning from ear to ear,” his wife, Patricia, told a reporter for the college’s website. “He always felt that Newberry College gave him the opportunity to be successful. We both want the students to take advantage of the opportunities at Newberry College and enjoy this new residence hall. If the students get going, then the world will open up for them with education.” Construction on Pearson Hall, now home to 82 students, was completed in July and was opened for student occupancy in August.
Pearson gave generously of his time and treasure to his alma mater throughout his lifetime and served as an elected member of the Newberry College Board of Trustees for 15 years, and was honored as a trustee emeritus at the completion of his final term. He was inducted into the Kappa Alpha Court of Honor in recognition of his long-time support of the fraternity.