SUNY Potsdam dedicates green room in Performing Arts Center in honor of longtime supporters
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:17 am

From left, John Priest and Lynne Boles ’74 accept the resolution naming the Performing Arts Center green room in their honor from President Kristin Esterberg

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam dedicated the green room in the college's distinctive Performing Arts Center in honor of two longtime donors and supporters with a ceremony and reception Friday, May 13.

College officials unveiled the newly named Lynne Boles '74 and John Priest Green Room with a gathering of theater and dance students and faculty, as well as alumni and supporters.

"Lynne had extraordinary extracurricular experiences while an undergrad at Potsdam, and both Lynne and John share a great love of the performing arts. Some of you might know that John actually spent decades acting in both professional and amateur theatre. So supporting the transformational experiences that take place in this building through our performing arts programs was a perfect fit," SUNY Potsdam President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg said.

Boles and Priest have established the Performing Arts Center Programs Endowment, to support the array of theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances that are offered in the PAC. In recognition of their generosity, the College named the green room in their honor.

Officials also took the time to thank Boles for her leadership throughout the successful Take the Lead Campaign, which has raised more than $33 million to date to support scholarships, programs and strategic priorities at SUNY Potsdam.

SUNY Potsdam was voted as having the No. 1 arts environment in the SUNY system, as rated by the students. Among the 27 state-operated campuses in the State University of New York, SUNY Potsdam was rated the top campus for student satisfaction with fine and performing arts facilities, services and environment in the 2015 SUNY Student Opinion Survey.