Naimoli Family Baseball Complex Dedication

The University community will gather on Wednesday, October 5, to celebrate the dedication of the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex on the Metropolitan Campus.

Vincent Naimoli

FDU’s “Field of Dreams” became a reality thanks to the generosity of alumnus Vincent Naimoli, MBA’64 (Flor), chairman emeritus and founder of the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball Team, an FDU trustee and a member of the FDU NOW Campaign Steering Committee. The complex features an artificial turf surface and lights for night games.

“Vince cares deeply about our student-athletes,” said David Langford, director of athletics (Metro). “He believes implicitly that life’s most important lessons are learned on the playing field. We are indebted to him for his generosity and providing this wonderful facility.”

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at home plate, followed by a reception. To attend, respond by Friday, September 30, to Helene Pier, executive assistant to senior vice president of University advancement at 201-692-7109, or or register online at .

One of four children of a second-generation Italian immigrant who worked for the New York subway system and became a self-taught engineer, Naimoli grew up from humble beginnings in Paterson, N.J. He earned a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated from Notre Dame University in 1959.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Naimoli went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and hold several senior positions with various companies. He turned to Fairleigh Dickinson for his MBA, graduated in 1964, and completed Harvard University Business School’s advanced management program in 1974.

In addition to serving as an FDU trustee, Naimoli served on financial and athletic committees at Notre Dame, chaired the University of Tampa board of trustees and currently serves on the board of overseers at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Naimoli has numerous awards and honors for his service. In 1999, he joined former first lady and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John Glenn and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist in receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. A longtime resident of Tampa, Fla., Naimoli received the very first “Bridging the Bay” award in 1996, recognizing him as the individual who had done the most to unite the citizens of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. He also has received similar community service awards from the Urban League, the Jewish National Fund, the Tampa Sports Club, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Naimoli received FDU’s Charter Day award in 2008.

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