Long-Time Professor Donates $10,000 To GCC On Behalf Of His Students
 

PR 044 – November 11, 2013

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Foundation Endowment signing

Dr. E. Ross Beitzel (seated, center), professor emeritus at Gloucester County College, pledged $10,000 to the GCC Foundation on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to create a perpetual scholarship opportunity on behalf of his students. From left to right: GCC President Frederick Keating, Foundation Immediate Past President Daniel Ball, Foundation member MaryAnn Homan, Foundation President Robert McErlane, Executive Director of Financial Services Elizabeth Hall, Professor and Foundation Vice President Geraldine Martin and Foundation member Hanshi Deshbandhu (seated).

Deptford Twp. – Dr. E. Ross Beitzel, professor emeritus at Gloucester County College, pledged $10,000 to the GCC Foundation on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to create a perpetual scholarship opportunity on behalf of his students.

Beitzel, a prominent figure in the global arts community, has cultivated a long-lasting legacy at the College having taught thousands of aspiring art educators since his start in 1971. Shortly thereafter he brought a personal vision to fruition by founding the Permanent Art Collection. Displayed throughout the halls and administrative offices across the campus are rare pieces of artwork obtained from around the world — all hand-selected by Beitzel.

“I want to give back to the profession that has been so rewarding to me,” he said. “Everything we come in contact with on a daily basis has been influenced by one type of artist or another. I believe an art educator plays a significant role in sharing such information.”

This is the first of a few endowments Beitzel plans to establish at the College. Although he has held various positions at Deptford High School and the Art Educators of New Jersey organization, his true professional domicile is at GCC.  He will also donate artwork from his private collection to GCC’s, which currently features more than 500 unique creations.

“The knowledge an art teacher shares with their students at all levels is paramount and necessary for a healthy society to grow and survive. It is my goal to reward a student that wishes to be an art educator with a gift to be used for books and supplies,” said Beitzel.

Gloucester County College’s 250-acre campus is located at 1400 Tanyard Road in Deptford, right off Exit 56 of Route 55.