Edison State College names 2010 LIFE Award honoree

Philharmonic founder Myra Janco Daniels will receive the award in February

Myra Janco Daniels, chairman, president and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and the Naples Museum of Art, at the 2009 SWFL Choice Awards. Martin Miron/STAFF


Myra Janco Daniels, chairman, president and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts and the Naples Museum of Art, at the 2009 SWFL Choice Awards. Martin Miron/STAFF

— Myra Janco Daniels, founder, chairman and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts has been selected to receive the 2010 Holland T. Salley Leadership in Fostering Education (LIFE) Award.

The award, presented by the Edison State College – Collier Campus Foundation recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward advancing educational opportunities in the community.

“LIFE award honorees must meet criteria in one of four categories and that Daniels qualified in two of those,” said Jason Korn, Chairman of the Collier Campus Foundation Board. “Mrs. Daniels was selected because of her distinguished service and citizen leadership of education in Collier County.”

Daniels has been instrumental in developing major musical programs in Collier County such as the Philharmonic Youth Chorale, Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Philharmonic Youth Symphonia, Family Fun and Learning, Kindermusik® Adventures Camp for newborns through age six and Master Classes for adults.

“Her distinguished service is demonstrated by her championing of formal arts education in Collier County,” continued Korn. “The Lifelong Learning Programs she has developed at the Phil are a perfect representation of her commitment.”

The Edison State College Foundation says Daniels was also selected for the exemplary citizen leadership she has provided by promoting and supporting educational arts and culture experiences for young people in Collier County.

“Over the years, the School Outreach program she initiated (through the Philharmonic Center for the Arts) has allowed thousands of students to attend a wide range of programs, such as musical theater, historical drama, and concerts by the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra,” said Korn. “These programs are designed to educate and entertain but each is selected specifically to correlate with curriculum and is accompanied by study guides.”

Education has been a priority in Daniels personal and professional life. She was the first woman to be named professor of Marketing at the School of Business at Indiana University. She held a six-year associate professorship in Marketing, taught in the University’s MBA program and directed an internship program in publishing sponsored by the Ford Foundation. Daniels was also instrumental in inaugurating the Marketing and Advertising programs now offered at Indiana State University.

Past recipients of this recognition are Holland Salley (2003), Edward A. Morton (2004), Fred Pezeshkan (2005), Judy Sproul (2006), Raymond L. Lutgert and Scott F. Lutgert (2007), Adria Starkey (2008) and J. Dudley Goodlette (2009).

The Seventh Annual LIFE AWARD luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Tickets are $150.00 per person; table prices are available. For more information, contact Kevin Miller (239) 732- 3718 or ksmilller3@edison.edu.

Edison State College is Southwest Florida’s largest, most established, most accessible and most affordable school of higher education serving more than 18,000 students in 5 counties with campuses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte, and a center serving Hendry/Glades. Many classes are available on-line at www.edison.edu.

For media inquiries contact, Catherine Bergerson Director of Communications and Marketing, 239-489-9460 or mbergerson@edison.edu.

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