Music program at Allan Hancock College gets $10 million gift

clambert@thetribunenews.comApril 4, 2013 

Allan Hancock College’s music program will receive a boost thanks to an estimated $10 million to $12 million bequest from the estate of a lifelong patron of the arts.

The gift comes from the estate of native Santa Maria resident Patricia Boyd, a piano teacher and Allan Hancock faculty member who died in July 2012, according to a news release from the community college. She continued to teach into her late 80s and was involved with the college until her death.

The bequest, designated the Patricia J. Boyd Fund, is the largest received by the Allan Hancock College Foundation in the college’s 93-year history and is believed to be the second-largest gift in the history of community colleges statewide, according to the news release.

“We are, quite literally, astounded by the generosity of Patty’s gift to the college,” Allan Hancock College Interim Superintendent/President Elizabeth Miller said.

Boyd also set aside an additional $1 million for the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts Foundation.

The bequest to the Allan Hancock College Foundation is targeted to benefit facilities in the Santa Maria campus music program, such as a concert hall, sound systems, instruments and music, said Jeff Cotter, executive director of the foundation.

The college has plans to construct a new fine arts facility on the Santa Maria campus over the next several years as part of its Measure I building campaign, a $180 million general facilities bond approved by voters in Northern Santa Barbara County in 2006.

Boyd’s gift could be used to create performance space in that building, which was too costly to include in the original plan, according to the news release.

The fine arts department’s classrooms, offices and small music performance spaces were built in the 1960s and the department has outgrown its space, college officials said.

The college and PCPA foundations are hosting a reception on April 15 at 3 p.m. for members of the Boyd family, foundation members and those active in the local arts community.

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