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Driggers family generosity opens doors

Marketing and Communication // 02.06.2017

Driggers Family

Larry and Sallie Driggers, Dr. Jairy Hunter, Rev. Jeremy Wallace, Willa, Eva, Abbott, Ramey and Doug Schutz, Dr. Michael Bryant.

For 23 years, Tad Driggers worked at MUSC. One of his jobs involved tending the animals used for research. Another of his duties included getting to work early and opening the doors for the staff and students. He was never late for work.

Tears still moisten the eyes of his parents, Larry and Sallie Driggers, when they speak of Tad. His death, in 2016, at the age of 43, still hurts. Tad never married. He lived at home, and though saddled with a low IQ, lived an active and productive life until he died suddenly of heart stoppage. But the Good Lord seemed intent on allowing Tad to still impact people after his death.

While sitting in the pew on a Sunday morning at Highland Park Baptist Church, the Driggers listened to CSU President Dr. Jairy Hunter deliver a message about the mission and vision of Charleston Southern University. Hunter was filling in that Sunday while the church in nearby Hanahan sought a full-time pastor.

After hearing Hunter’s description of how CSU’s primary goal was to provide academic excellence in a Christian environment, the words hung heavy on their hearts. They left the sanctuary with a desire to support a school representing their own values that’s essentially located in their backyard.

Months later, the Driggers decided that they would honor their son by endowing a $100,000 scholarship. They asked for one caveat. The family wanted the scholarship to benefit worthy students from Hanahan.

The Driggers family was thanked with a luncheon on campus on Feb. 2. Larry and Sally invited daughter, Ramey, and her husband, Doug, along with their three children. The new pastor at Highland Park Baptist, Dr. Jeremy Wallace, also attended. To add one more wrinkle to the gathering, Doug, is a new faculty member at CSU in the recently added Physician Assistant program.

Hunter expressed appreciation for the generous gift and said, “The endowment will help students forever and ever.”

Tad Driggers will be opening doors for others thanks to how his parents chose to honor his memory.

Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.