Georgia Southern renames School of Music after receiving multi-million dollar donation

Miriam Boston, Correspondent

World-famous drum and guitar makers donated $3 million to Georgia Southern’s School of Music leading to the renaming of the department as the Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music.

“The generosity and vision of this transformational gift from Fred and Dinah Gretsch is truly a milestone in Georgia Southern’s history – for the university, for the communities we serve and for our school of music”, said GS President Kyle Marrero. 

The University School of Music naming comes after Fred and Dinah Gretsch pledged $3 million plus their Gretsch Collection of historic drums, guitars, and company archives to Georgia Southern. 

“Fred and Dinah Gretsch are not only major figures in the Music Industry, but they are also major figures in the advocacy for universal music education”, said Steven Harper, chair of GS’ music department, “This gift and naming are representative of Georgia Southern’s expanding influence regionally, nationally and internationally.” 

GS is poised to expand an already-strong music program into “an internationally- recognized leader through the generosity of Fred and Dinah Gretsch”, said Provost and Vice President of GS’ Academic Affairs, Carl Reiber. 

The Gretsches have long been involved in music education programs and lending their name and history to GS seemed an appropriate way to honor the couple’s legacy.