UD’s new Performing Arts Center to be named in honor of Marion’s Pizza CEO Roger Glass


The project has been approved by the board of directors and construction will begin immediately.

The facility will be located on a former brownfield site that UD purchased from NCR when the company left Dayton. The City of Dayton commission canceled the Dayton Plan Board in September and said the university would be able to cut down five mature gingko trees on the property.

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The University of Dayton’s proposal to build a new $ 40 million performing arts center at the corner of South Main and East Stewart streets was initially rejected by the Dayton Plan Board. UD’s proposed development plan would remove five mature Gingko trees which the board said should remain. MARSHALL GORBY STAFF

The university says the building “will elevate the arts on campus and provide a greater connection to the Dayton community through concerts, dance and theater performances, and art exhibits featuring students. , professors, guest artists and community members ”.

They said the arts center was designed in consultation with local arts organizations to complement existing venues in the area.

University officials also say the new facility will help recruit students interested in the arts.

Glass holds a BA in Communication Arts from UD and graduated in 1967. UD declined to say exactly how much Glass had donated, but said he was the main donor to the project.

The center will also provide a tailor-made experiential learning space for student-run media, including Flyer News, Flyer TV and Flyer Radio, to prepare students for careers in media.

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Student demand for the academic and experiential learning programs that will be presented in the Roger Glass Center has been growing for many years, UD said.

“The good thing about installation, and really what’s good about the arts at the University of Dayton, is that there are so many students involved from all fields – engineers in our orchestra and English majors in our cast of actors, ”said President Eric F. Spina. “The arts have really developed here, and the students need a facility like this. It is a gift to our students, the university and the community, and we thank Roger for his generosity in making this installation possible.

The project has the support of 120 donors, including Martha M. Walter, whose bequest in 2002 for a future arts center was essential in making the installation possible, UD said. Donors also include faculty and staff who support the vision of the arts center.

“We are very grateful for the support of the donors who made this possible, for their appreciation of what the arts mean for the university and for our students, and for their commitment to making these opportunities available to UD students. now and in the future, ”said Julia Randel, chair of the music department.

A stadium at Chaminade Julienne high school also bears the name of Glass.


William E. Bennett