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Gretchen Johnson

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Board of Trustees Appoints Naimoli

Vincent J. Naimoli Named to Board of Trustees at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Teaneck, NJ (August 15, 2001) Vincent J. Naimoli, Managing General Partner and CEO of Major League Baseballís Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chairman, President and CEO of Anchor Industries International, Inc., has been named to the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University for a term of three years.

Dr. J. Michael Adams, President of the University, said, "We look forward to working with Vincent Naimoli. He has played an impressive leadership role on the Board of Trustees (and as Chairman) of The University of Tampa, and has a great understanding of the importance of community service and strong business practices. In addition, he has served as Chairman of the Notre Dame Business School Advisory Board and on the Notre Dame Presidentís Development Committee. As a dedicated alumnus, he will be a valuable addition to Fairleigh Dickinson Universityís Board."

Naimoli, a native of Paterson, NJ, and a graduate of Paterson Central High School, attended Notre Dame University and graduated with honors in engineering. He then earned his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology and, two years later, received his MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University magna cum laude. In 1974, he completed Harvard Business Schoolís Graduate Advance Management Program. He is a registered professional engineer in five states.

A Tampa, FL, resident for the past 24 years, Naimoli has served as the Managing General Partner and CEO of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays since the teamís inception in March of 1995. In 1991, Naimoli accepted the challenge to lead the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Tampa Bay and four years later, the city got its team and the economic boost it brings to the local economy.

He is Chairman, President and CEO of Anchor Industries International and was named "1995 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year" in the "turnaround" category. He has led turnarounds for Harvard Industries, Doehler-Jarvis Inc., Anchor Glass Container Corporation, Electrolux Corporation and served as a Director of National Gypsum Company as well as 18 other entities.

A believer in community service, Naimoli has served as Chairman or Honorary Chairman of numerous fundraisers. He has received community service awards from the Urban League, the Jewish National Fund, the Tampa Sports Club, St. Petersburg Junior College, Boys and Girlsí Clubs, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the City of St. Petersburg and the City of Tampa. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Foundation Medal of Honor and the Notre Dame Engineering Honor Award. Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Naimoli in 1996 with the Pinnacle, the highest award the University bestows on its alumni.

In addition to serving on several MLB committees, he was named in January, 1999 to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Baseball Economics. He serves with former Senator George Michell, Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve System, Richard Levin, President of Yale University and columnist George Will. The task force has made recommendations that address the economic issues and problems that exist in Major League Baseball.

Fairleigh Dickinson University, one of the largest private universities in New Jersey, has nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students from 30 states and more than 60 countries enrolled on the Universityís two Northern New Jersey campuses and its overseas campuses in Wroxton, England, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

The University is dedicated to the preparation of world citizens through global education and offers nearly 100 degree programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masterís and doctoral levels.

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