USC Upstate’s Business School Welcomes Toastmasters Home

February 15, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. —
Spartanburg Toastmasters, Club 1453, held its first meeting in its new home at the University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics (“The George”), located at 160 E. St. John St. adjacent to the Chapman Cultural Center, on Feb. 14. 

            Open to the public, Club 1453 welcomes visitors to all meetings to see Toastmasters in action as well as to learn about the communication, leadership, and self-development opportunities offered to members. The club meets from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Joe Fowler, club president and Dr. Darrell Parker, dean of The George, invite prospective members to visit Spartanburg Toastmasters and The George to see all they offer to members and students in the Upstate area. For more information about club meetings, call (864) 587-8231 or visit

            Administrators and faculty of The George invited Club 1453 to the newly-opened business school to expand the educational opportunities of its students. Faculty in business, computer science, and communication often encourage students to visit meetings to see how Toastmasters offers practical education as well as business, civic and community networking experience.

            Club visitors are welcome to tour the $30 million, 60,000 sq. ft. business school at Toastmaster meetings. Designed by David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., The George features a stock trading lab, smart classrooms, a tiered classroom and the latest technology for teaching and learning. The George is named in honor of George Dean Johnson, Jr., founder and chairman of Johnson Development Associates, Inc., developer and manager of retail space, industrial space, office space and apartments, as well as numerous other business ventures.