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Jim Benson of Greer received an honorary degree from Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College, during commencement exercises last week.
Benson established a business in Greer at the age of 17, hauling used cars from Pennsylvania back to Greer to be sold. With the money he earned, he established a used car lot, and before he was 21, established a Chrysler franchise. Today, that one dealership has turned into seven, an amazing success story that began in Greer.
Benson donated $3 million, $2 million in cash, two years ago to the college. Benson’s cash gift remains the largest ever received by the Greenville Tech Foundation.
He has been involved with Greenville Technical College for many years as a member of the Greenville Tech Foundation board.
The Benson Campus bears the names of Evelyn and Jim Benson.
Greenville Tech awarded 1,391 degrees, diplomas, and certificates, with 322 graduates participating in the exercises at the TD Convention Center.