GREENVILLE — Clemson University Tuesday recognized its partnership with ScanSource Inc. by dedicating a room at its downtown Greenville location in honor of the company.

ScanSource Inc. is an international distributor of specialty technology products based in Greenville.

The room is named for James G. Foody, who served on ScanSource Inc.’s board of directors for 15 years and was chairman for four of those years. He was instrumental in leading the company through a period of strong growth and international expansion and now serves as chairman emeritus. Foody also has close ties to Clemson, having served as an adjunct professor at the university.                          

“The room is the ‘heart’ of our educational mission at Clemson at the Falls,” said Clemson President James F. Barker. “It is the largest room, and we hold classes and other major events, such as graduation ceremonies, the First Friday speaker series and professional development seminars there.

“It is special in the sense that everything we do here touches this space. In a way, it is the space we use to help build community leaders,” he said.

The university consolidated its MBA programs, the Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Small Business Development Center and Clemson University Center for Corporate Learning strategically at Clemson at the Falls, creating a synergy between students, faculty, business leaders, industry and the Upstate community.

Barker said the move, made possible by a $1 million gift from ScanSource, allowed Clemson to better serve the Upstate business community.

“Clemson University is Greenville’s research university,” the president said. “Clemson is an engine of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship for our entire region.”

In addition to the previous million-dollar gift, ScanSource has donated $250,000 to support undergraduate programming and scholarships for the business school on campus. Company employees also contribute time and talent to the College of Business and Behavioral Science’s Tiger Ties Mentorship Program.

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