C. Foster “Terry” Brown III — Continuing a Tradition of Strong Support
Sandhills Community College began with a gift from a woman who gave the college the very ground we walk on. In 1963, Mary Luman Meyer donated, on behalf of herself and her late husband C. Louis Meyer, owners of the Ceco Corporation, 250 acres of land on Airport Road in Southern Pines to be used as our campus.
Today, Mrs. Meyer’s family continues her fine tradition of supporting the college, though generous gifts from the C. Louis Meyer Family Foundation, originally formed by Mr. and Mrs. Meyer in 1946. Some of Sandhills’ buildings have been renovated, cultural events have been brought to campus and more – all because of the kindness of generations of the Meyer Family.
Instrumental in the family’s support efforts is the Meyers’ grandson, C. Foster “Terry” Brown III, a true leader at the school, serving on the Board of the Sandhills Community College Foundation for more than 10 years.
“I like to think that the college got a kick start from my grandmother and now it’s up to the next generations to help this wonderful college continue its fine work,” he says.
After living in Chicago for fifty years, Mr. Brown moved to the area in 1994 to establish the Forest Creek Golf Club. From the start, he became a supporter of the community and the college.
“Myself, my kids and the kids of my late brother, Louis Meyer Brown, are proud to sustain my grandmother’s dream, and know she would be thrilled that Sandhills is one of the top community colleges in the country,” Mr. Brown says.
“What this college is achieving is remarkable!” he continues with enthusiasm. “Sandhills offers the very programs that we need in this community – nursing, hospitality, landscaping, culinary and other majors. More importantly, Sandhills offers what’s needed by people who want to start a career or change a career.”
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