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CSU mourns passing of W. Floyd Whitfield, former Trustee

By CSU Media | July 30, 2018
Floyd and Shirley Whitfield

Charleston Southern University mourns the passing of a friend and former Trustee of the university, W. Floyd Whitfield, on Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Longtime supporters of Charleston Southern, Whitfield and his wife, Shirley, have continuously provided strong leadership and generous financial support for the university.

Whitfield, president of The Whitfield Company, was a member of the Board of Trustees search committee which selected Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. as CSU’s second president. The university granted Floyd Whitfield an honorary doctor of humanities degree in 1991.

Hunter, now president emeritus, said, “Dr. Whitfield has been a driving force behind CSU’s success in providing academic excellence in a Christian environment. Floyd served on the Board of Trustees for 20 years. He and his family have always been very special friends to the university.”

The Whitfields’ financial support to the university includes: the Whitfield Stadium Center, the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership, the Singleton Baseball Complex and the Health Science Building. Mrs. Shirley Whitfield was instrumental in establishing the CSU Women’s Council that raises scholarship funds through the annual Shopping for Scholars Auction. The Whitfields are also members of the Legacy Society and are President’s Gold Club Lifetime Members.

CSU president, Dr. Dondi Costin, added, “The W. Floyd Whitfield Endowed Scholarship will continue to provide scholarship support in perpetuity for countless CSU students. The impact of the Whitfield family’s investment in educating future generations of leaders will only be fully known in eternity.”

The Whitfield family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 31 at Grace on the Ashley Baptist Church, 2014 Bees Ferry Road, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The funeral service, also at the church, will be held on Wednesday, August 1 at 11 a.m.

Pictured, left to right: Floyd Whitfield, Shirley Whitfield and Dr. Jairy C. Hunter Jr. at the Whitfield Center for Christian Leadership building dedication in 2013.

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