More than 120 people joined Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble for the Saturday, Sept. 12, dedication of Mercyhurst’s new Janet L. Miller Center for Growth and Academic Excellence at North East.
The former First National Bank building at 5999 Station Road was purchased by the college in 2007 in response to the growing enrollment and addition of new programs at Mercyhurst North East (MNE), where Mercyhurst maintains its one-year certificate and two-year associate degree programs. A longtime benefactor of the college, The Robert S. and Janet L. Miller Family Foundation was instrumental in making the new building become a reality for MNE.The Millers have repeatedly invested in helping young adults to succeed through a Mercyhurst North East education, noted Dr. Gary Brown, MNE executive vice president for administration.
Currently, the 29,000-square-foot structure houses Mercyhurst’s police academy, public safety institute, and nursing programs. A new human anatomy lab that will be used by students on both the Erie and North East campuses is in the last phase of construction.
Saturday’s naming event caught Janet Miller by surprise. She had not realized the full import of her attendance until her husband unveiled the plaque naming the building in her honor.
“It would not have been possible for us to expand to over 1,000 students in North East without the addition of the Janet L. Miller Center for Growth and Academic Excellence,” said Mercyhurst Vice President for Advancement Dr. David Livingston. “Once again the Miller family has been visionary in their generosity to Mercyhurst and provided just what was needed at just the right time. It is completely appropriate that the building is named in honor of Janet Miller as she embodies the generosity that the family has shown over the last two decades.”