Nancy grew up in Ocala, Florida, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. She went to Florida State University and majored in Interior Design. Nancy was President of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and upon graduation was hired as the decorator for all of the Zeta houses up and down the east coast. It was not unusual to leave on Friday, decorate three houses, for example, Baldwin Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio State University in Columbus and University of Ohio in Athens, and return on Sunday night. She decorated many houses and chapter rooms in South Carolina, including those at Presbyterian College, College of Charleston, and Wofford College.
In 1966, Nancy moved with her husband to Greer, S. C. She was delighted to learn that WBTW-TV in Florence, S. C., was looking for a temporary host – she immediately signed up for an audition and got the job. Soon after the show in Florence, WSPA-TV in Spartanburg asked her to do a TV show there for one month. On March 20, 1967, the first live and in full Color Nancy Welch Show went on the air. The one month contract rolled into 23 great years of doing five shows a week.
During the 23 years in broadcasting on the CBS affiliate in Spartanburg, S. C. Nancy was privileged to meet and interview many of the top celebrities. Included in this elite list were Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Buddy Epson, Robert Wagner, Telly Savalas, Betty White, Andy Griffith, Sara Jessica Parker, Phil Donohue, as well as the entire casts of The Jeffersons, Dallas, Dynasty, All In The Family, Dukes of Hazzard and M.A.S.H. Nancy has fond memories of all of these interviews, and has stories to share about each of them, including sewing up Phil Donohue’s pants while they were still on him! View Celebrity Interviews
After 23 years at WSPA-TV, Nancy resigned. Dr. Tom Barton, President of Greenville Technical College hired her to start the Greer Campus in 1991. During her 18 years at the college, Nancy returned to school and received her Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Doctorate in Education in Technical and Career Technology from Clemson University. Nancy left the college in December 2008 as Vice President of Student Services.
Nancy is now employed at Harvest Hope Food Bank in Greenville as the Community Development Coordinator. She is involved in organizing food drive and donation collections as well as being available to speak at clubs and churches. Harvest Hope of Greenville serves Greenville and Laurens Counties by collecting food and distributing it through over 80 local food pantries. Visit the Havest Hope Website to learn more. Most recently, Nancy received the South Carolina Woman of Achievement award from the Miss South Carolina Organization during the July 2010 pageant.
Over the years, Nancy has owned an Interior Design shop, a monogram shop, a restaurant, a bed and breakfast Inn, and worked for a railroad. She finds it hard to name all of the things she loves to do because there are so many of them. Nancy loves to cook, sew, quilt, needlework, go antiquing, write, decorate, speak and on and on!