January 11, 2022
Neffs gift PAC waiting room
College's 10th president, husband excited about long-awaited facility
Dr. Jeanne H. Neff, left, and her husband, Mr. Edward W.S. Neff, have provided a naming gift for the waiting area in the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College. The PAC is scheduled to open this spring.
For Dr. Jeanne H. Neff and her husband, Edward W.S. Neff, the Performing Arts Center at Garrett College means the realization of a vision whose time has finally come.
"We have supported the campaign because the PAC is a decades-long dream of the arts community in Garrett County and its location at the College is ideal for the many populations it will serve," said Dr. Neff, who with her husband recently provided a naming gift for the PAC waiting area.
Dr. Neff, who served in an interim capacity as Garrett College's 10th president, indicated she and her husband believe the PAC's mission will enhance performing arts options and accessibility for the Garrett County community.
"The PAC will be an easily accessible and well-equipped facility for theatre, music performances and displays of artwork," said Dr. Neff, who chaired the Garrett College Foundation Board of Directors after completing her tenure as GC's president. "Its design also incorporates flexible spaces for meetings and conferences. We hope the PAC will become another element of Garrett College and Garrett County that is attractive to students, visitors, businesses and new residents."
"I appreciate Dr. Neff and Mr. Neff's long-time support and Dr. Neff's outstanding leadership in realizing this dream," said Garrett College President Dr. Richard Midcap, noting the successful effort to build the PAC gained steam while Dr. Neff was the Foundation's board chair.
The waiting area is a common space for those visiting faculty and staff offices, including that of the PAC executive director.
"It's a comfortable space adjacent to the Performing Arts Center offices where guests can wait to meet members of the PAC staff, the College's music and theater professors, or members of our Continuing Education and Workforce Development team," noted Director of Campus Facilities and Security Kathy Meagher.
"The space is located on the main corridor that connects the PAC to the other College buildings, and it has a large glass wall that allows viewing of a courtyard and the PAC's Piano Lab," added Meagher, who is managing the PAC construction process.
"The Neffs have been two of our strongest and most generous supporters," said Garrett College Foundation Executive Director Cherie Krug, noting Ed Neff's establishment of the Dr. Jeanne Neff Scholarship as well as their participation in a myriad of Foundation fundraising initiatives. "The Foundation will be eternally grateful for their dedication, generosity and support of Garrett College."