May 29, 2015

Greenly Center Open for Business in Bloomsburg

Strengthening BU’s partnership with the Bloomsburg downtown community, the Greenly Center is now open for business. Located at 50 E. Main St., the 44,700-square-foot center is the new home of the Bloomsburg University Foundation, with space for staff offices, the student call center, and meeting rooms.

BU President David Soltz said construction of the building, the university’s first permanent presence in the downtown, responds to local residents’ requests for BU to become part of the Town of Bloomsburg’s main business district. The Greenly Center is expected to bring an additional 4,000 to 5,000 visitors downtown annually.

Duane Greenly, a Bloomsburg native, and his wife, Sue Basar Greenly, earned bachelor’s degrees from BU in 1972. A member of BU Foundation Board of Directors, Duane Greenly said, “I am thrilled to see our vision realized. The foundation has a stronger home base to use in garnering support for the university. The university has a more visible presence in the downtown community, making it easier to build on our existing partnership with the Bloomsburg community. It’s an exciting time in BU history.”

Construction on the $8.25 million building was made possible thanks to a generous $1 million gift from the Greenlys. “I believe the end result is one of the nicest buildings on Main Street. I am proud that our family name is associated with the university and town,” says Duane.

The four-story building also houses a first-floor art gallery, which will be open to the public, as well as the university’s Office of Corporate and Continuing Education staff, classrooms for BU’s mini-courses, a 40-seat computer lab and a demonstration kitchen. Credit-based courses and programs for traditional and non-traditional adult students are planned for the center. Future plans include leasing available space on the third floor to a local business or community organization.

“This is a concrete demonstration of the university’s investment in the local community,” said Jerome Dvorak, executive director of the BU Foundation. “This wonderful gift from Duane and Sue brings together the community and the university they love.”

Duane Greenly, a 1968 graduate of Bloomsburg High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg State College and master’s degree from Morehead University in Kentucky. He enjoyed a successful career with Deering-Milliken & Co., BF Goodrich, Newell Rubbermaid, Morgan Door, Barry Controls and Ames True Temper and continues to work as a business consultant and mentor. He and his wife, Susan, a former special education teacher, have two children and two grandchildren.

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