Anderson and Tell
Dr. John Anderson and Patrick J. Tell

For the first time in its 163 year history, Millersville University has a named School in recognition of a donor. Recently approved by the University’s Council of Trustees, the Tell School of Music is named in honor of Patrick J. Tell, an entrepreneur and philanthropist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The School’s naming acknowledges Tell’s lifetime giving and support of Millersville University and its students.

“I was motivated to give to Millersville University because it is so engrained in the Lancaster County arts community through both its Ware Center and Winter Center,” said Tell. “Additionally, what the students are achieving in the music and the performing arts program is spectacular.”

Tell’s increased awareness of the University’s music program came as the result of attending Glorious Sounds of the Season with Dr. John Anderson, president of Millersville University. The annual scholarship concert featured 250 student musicians and vocalists performing nearly 30 holiday selections.

“The student performances at Glorious Sounds were amazing,” explained Tell. “That wonderful experience started me on a path to attend many other performances at the University and I thought, ‘These students and their success is something that I should support.’”

Annual income from the $2 million Tell endowment will be used for such things as: providing scholarships for deserving students pursuing careers in music; purchasing new equipment and instruments; bringing in outstanding performers and experts in different fields of music to work with students at Millersville; and providing needed resources for music programs that MU is involved with in the community, such as Music for Everyone.

“Patrick is very passionate about the arts and our community,” said Dr. John Anderson. “His generosity will be a lasting legacy to the arts at Millersville and the region.”

“I hope this helps in a small way to develop the music program and allow Millersville University to continue to attract quality students,” said Tell. “I am very fortunate to be able to assist the University and its students by contributing to their on-going and successful efforts in our community.”

“Patrick joins other distinguished donors who found it in their hearts to give to Millersville University,” concluded Anderson.

Tell was president of Tell Manufacturing, Inc., a hardware manufacturing and distribution business in Lancaster County. He sold the company a few years ago and since then has become very involved in the arts community.

He is currently working on a project in Lancaster City to redevelop the former site of Phelan’s used furniture store.  In addition to 6,400 square-feet for Zoetropolis, which shows independent, documentary and foreign films; he’s putting in a restaurant and a tasting room for Columbia Kettle Works.

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