Daytona State College will name the patio adjoining the Daytona Beach campus’s L. Gale Lemerand Student Center in honor of benefactor Gary R. Libby.
The naming marks formal recognition of Libby’s strong support for the college — including a most recent gift of $100,000 to The Daytona State College Foundation — and his advocacy for students pursuing careers in teaching.
Libby is director emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, as well as a well-known author and lecturer. Since 2018, he has supported an annual program for students in regular art exhibitions in the Libby Gallery. The annual program enables students to gain the experience of curating and installing a photography exhibit, guided by the professionals at the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State. Libby created and supports a similar program at the University of Florida.
The patio, nestled on the north side of the Lemerand Student Center, includes shaded tables, benches and open space that serve as a social hub for students, faculty and staff.
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