James A. Lanier Jr. ’79 and Mary Anne Anderson Lanier ’79 are watching ripples grow and expand toward a bright future. The couple previously committed $1.05 million to invest in Furman University’s Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities and are now adding to the effort with a $1 million planned giving commitment to Furman, bringing their total commitment to nearly $2.2 million.
The Laniers said they have been pleased with how The Furman Advantage is advancing, and they want to continue supporting that work, with the goal for students to continue to recognize the interdependence of fields of study, and to see them carry those lessons into practice as the mantle is passed to the next generations to care for the environment, no matter what their profession.
The new $1 million planned giving commitment is designated as unrestricted, which means it can be used in areas of the greatest need. Their giving touches a wide array of programs at Furman, including The Shi Institute, annual and endowed scholarships, Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship, operations, and the Paladin Scholarship Fund.
“Specifically, to us, The Shi Institute we believe is going to be a key piece to positively influencing where the Furman Advantage is heading,” Jaime Lanier said.
It was Mary Anne Lanier’s late father, Ray C. Anderson, who started the momentum that is carrying his daughter and son-in-law forward as they support and encourage students.
“My dad started a carpet tile manufacturing company back in the ’70s,” Mary Anne said. “It’s now known