BALTIMORE (Feb. 16, 2006)—Long-time Towson University supporters John G. and Barbara J. Dreyer (’76), of White Hall, Md., have given $100,000 to Towson University. The commitment to the Towson University Foundation includes $50,000 to be directed to the Campaign for the Center for the Arts. Two spaces in the Center for the Arts will be named in their honor, The Dreyer Design Studio and The Dreyer MFA Group Studio. Barbara Dreyer, a ’76 graduate of Towson University and 1997 Alumni of the Year, is a member of the Towson University Board of Visitors and is chair of the Development/Fundraising Committee for the Board of Visitors.
In making the gift, Mrs. Dreyer said, “We wanted to show our appreciation for the arts and are excited by the naming program. Donors want something that will be a lasting legacy for their contributions. The new Center for the Arts is a spectacular building and we are proud to be naming The Dreyer Design Studio and The Dreyer MFA Group Studio. John and I hope to inspire others in our community to recognize Towson University’s significance in Maryland’s higher education system and hope to encourage others to participate in the naming opportunities for the Center for the Arts.”
“The naming gift from the Dreyers is a wonderful vote of confidence in what our students, undergraduate and graduate, will be able to achieve," said Christopher “Kit” Spicer, dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. “To have studios designated for design in art and the graduate theater laboratory is a bonus to what we are able to offer future students.”
Gary Rubin, vice president, University Advancement said, “The Towson University community is proud to accept this extremely generous gift. The Dreyers’ philanthropic commitment to Towson is deeply appreciated.” Previous gifts to Towson University by the Dreyers have included $100,000 given to the Towson University Center for Applied Information Technology (CAIT) and unrestricted gifts to the Towson Fund, Towson University’s annual fund.
John Dreyer is a senior executive with Citigroup and Barbara Dreyer is president and co-founder of Connections Academy, a leading national operator of virtual public schools for grades K-9. In addition to serving on the Towson University Board of Visitors, Mrs. Dreyer also serves on the University of Maryland University College Board of Visitors; and the University of Maryland Baltimore County School of Engineering Advisory Board.
The Center for the Arts at Towson University is a $53 million project that has doubled the size and performance venues in the state of the art building. Improvements include a new black box theatre; new theatre director’s labs and lecture classrooms; a renovated band room; a new recording studio; new percussion and jazz labs; a new recital hall; new offices; an expanded Asian Arts Gallery; a new Main Art Gallery; a new Asian garden; a new and enlarged box office; new dance studios including a new dance performance hall; and a new MFA art studio and gallery.