Columbia, SC -- April 16, 2013 -- The Benedict College Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Building dedication ceremony was held on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. The newly renovated building, located at 111 Doctors Circle, Columbia, South Carolina, was named in the honor of longtime College supporter, Dr. Milton Kimpson.
Dr. Kimpson graduated from Benedict College in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He earned a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin and received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Benedict College and Wofford College. Kimpson's commitment and service to Benedict College has been unparalleled. He served continuously on the Board of Trustees for forty-one (41) years and also was its vice-chairman during his tenure. He was elected to Board Emeritus status in 2011. During his time on the Board, Kimpson was a member of the search committee that selected Dr. David H. Swinton as President of the College. He also has served on various renovation and reorganization committees that have spearheaded much of the growth Benedict enjoys today.
The 35,000 sq. ft. building was formerly the corporate finance building for Palmetto Baptist Hospital and now houses Benedict College's Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Program. The $1.8 million renovation was completed by local contractor McCory Construction, LLC. In addition to classrooms and offices, the building features a 131-seat lecture hall, a library resource room, student and teacher lounges, and a reception area.