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The Promise of Value: The Economics of Education

USC Upstate is a university on a mission…a metropolitan mission that is critical to our region because education promotes stability, economic development and excellence.

George Johnson PortraitWith the highest per capita international investment of any county in the nation, Spartanburg County provides a rich environment for students in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics (JCBE) at USC Upstate to not only study but actively interact with this vital business community. In addition, area businesses and broad-based divisions of industry have direct access to continuing education and training, as well as potential graduates skilled to be competitive in this marketplace.“My hopes and dreams for the JCBE are that we create a ‘culture of success’ and competence in our ability to achieve anything,” says George Dean Johnson, Jr. “The best economic development is brain power.”

Eighty-five percent of USC Upstate students choose to remain in the Upstate upon graduation. An investment in this institution of higher learning is an investment in the region – one that will enrich not only the academic endeavors of the students, but the lives of all its citizens.

“Our future will be determined by the quality of education of our citizens,” says Johnson. “It is important for us to support USC Upstate because it defines that future.”

“If we want an educated populous, people who are successful in their work, good citizens and people who give back to the community, we should support USC Upstate and all education.”

 - George Dean Johnson, Jr.  




 "If we are going to improve the standard of living in our community, it is in our collective best interest to invest in USC Upstate."

- Chris Crowley, Campaign Chair  

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