Hoover Library Terrace gets facelift thanks to Seidels

Ethan and Debbie Seidel.
May 07, 2013

With spring’s arrival, students find the library courtyard — a perfect outdoor retreat for contemplation, study and socializing — much improved and with furnishings thanks to a gift from Ethan and Debbie Seidel.

“The couple’s generosity is just one more example of their continued investment in this College and its mission to change students’ lives,” said President Roger Casey at a brief dedication ceremony held April 27 and attended by College trustees.

Debbie and Ethan Seidel with President Roger Casey

Debbie, a vice president at T. Rowe Price and 1984 alumna, has worked to strengthen college ties as a member of the past three class reunion committees and has helped raise the sights of other philanthropists as a member of the Major Gifts Committee.

Ethan, McDaniel’s vice-president of administration and finance and a professor in the Economics and Business Administration department, has been twice selected by his students for the Distinguished Teaching Award and was one of 20 economists nationwide to receive in 1982 the Leavey Award for Excellence in Free Enterprise Education. In 2009, Board Chair Marty Hill and his wife, Kelly W. Hill, established an endowed chair in Ethan’s honor.

As an administrator, Ethan oversees a $58-million operating budget, recent campus construction exceeding $50 million, management of the College’s endowment and operations including campus planning, improvements and maintenance, human resources, for-profit rentals and contractual agreements and the WMC Development Corporation.

“We hope this great couple will find a few moments to relax in this soothing space when their many good works at McDaniel bring them to campus at the same time,” added Casey.

Ethan and Debbie Seidel with President Roger Casey and Board Chair Marty Hill