This space is named in honor of Robert Metzgar de Warren and his late wife, Sally.
A new portrait of the Metzgars, showing their support for the college, has been installed above the reception desk.
Visitors to the admissions center and alumni Robert and Sally Metzgar of Penn State Behrend – the college’s ‘front door’ and the starting point for campus tours – meet their guides in a two-story lobby with high windows and a double-sided fireplace, according to a press release. “From now on, the room includes a novelty: a portrait of Metzgars, whose support contributed to the success of the college.
“Bob and Sally Metzgar have been trusted advisers, generous supporters and steadfast supporters of the university,” Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford said. “They have played a transformative role in the growth of Penn State Behrend over the years.”
The Metzgars’ philanthropic support at Penn State dates back to 1972, with an initial donation to the Levi Lamb Fund, which benefits student-athletes, the statement said. The couple also funded the Center for Energy and Fuels Research, School of Theater, WPSU-TV, and the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.
At Penn State Behrend, the Metzgars have supported athletic programs, the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, and various scholarship opportunities, including the Metzgar Leadership Scholarship. In March, Bob Metzgar established the Sally Nelson Metzgar Memorial Scholarship for Equity in Education in honor of Sally Metzgar, who passed away in 2019.
“The scholarship will benefit students whose gender, race or ethnic identity contributes to the diversity of our student body”, said Ford. “If you knew Sally, you would know how appropriate that is. She saw the potential of every student she met and felt that their potential should be matched with opportunities. “
Metzgar graduated from Penn State in 1960, the statement said. He was the owner and president of North Penn Pipe and Supply, based in Warren. He is a director emeritus of the board of directors of Penn State, where he served for 14 years. He was a board member of the Council of Fellows at Penn State Behrend, which advises college leaders and advocates for students and programs, for 25 years. In December, he was named Director Emeritus, the first board member to receive this recognition. Bob Metzgar was appointed University Alumni Fellow in 1996.
He received the University’s highest honor, Distinguished Alumni, in 2012.
Sally Metzgar has devoted much of her career to North Penn Pipe and Supply, holding various positions from 1977 until her retirement in 2009, the statement said. She previously worked at Bell Telephone and the US Navy Ordnance Research Lab. Prior to that, she worked as a model, often appearing in the family magazine West Penn Power.
The Metzgar Center at Penn State Behrend was made possible by a $ 2 million donation from the couple. The building, which opened in 2010, is, for many, Behrend’s first impression, the statement said. The building offices support the core functions of the college, from financial aid and billing to transcripts and presentations to the alumni network.
“Students need different forms of support at different points in their college experience”, said Ford. “Bob and Sally Metzgar’s long-standing donations have provided resources and fostered opportunities at every step of this journey. “