DePauw University: Expansion of Performing Arts Center

"We are delighted to help provide a foundation for the future of DePauw University's School of Music and its department of communication and theatre, two popular and vital elements of what the University has to offer, " says Joyce Taglauer Green. She and her husband, Judson C. Green Jr. have committed $15 million dollars to a major expansion and renovation of DePauw's 32-year-old Performing Arts Center.

Joyce Taglauer Green was a piano performance major at DePauw and is the past chair of the Washington C. DePauw Society. Judson Green, president and CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation, was an economics major and a music composition minor.

“The School of Music is a distinctive part of DePauw's history, " says Judson Green, who played jazz piano on weekends in Chicago during his college days to finance his education. "Through this gift, Joyce and I hope to ensure that future generations of DePauw students can enjoy the performing arts as part of their DePauw experience." Judson Green is a member of DePauw's Board of Trustees and chaired the Board from 2001-04.

"The Performing Arts Center has served DePauw well, but the needs of faculty members, students and performers have changed over the last 30 years, " adds Joyce Green. "The renovated Center will provide new functional spaces for learning, practicing and performing -- and will include a recording studio. The project will also remedy the heating and cooling issues the building has struggled with for years. I'm confident the space will attract top students and faculty members who are interested in the performing arts, and make our programs even stronger."

The Greens are providing the lead gift for what will be a $29 million project. The Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts will encompass nearly 80, 000 square feet of new space.

Founded in 1884, the DePauw University School of Music is one of the oldest in the nation. DePauw is the only institution in the U.S. News & World Report top tier of national liberal arts colleges with a School of Music.

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