Sept. 11, 2020
Members of the FDU community joined University President Christopher Capuano, Director of Athletics Jenn Noon, Baseball Head Coach Jamie Quinn, student athletes and other supporters to officially break ground for the Vincent J. and Lenda F. Naimoli Field on the Florham Campus on Fri., Sept. 11, 2020.
Trustee Emeritus Vincent Naimoli, MBA’64 (Flor), who passed in 2019, donated $1 million to support FDU’s One University Many Dreams campaign. In recognition of that gift, the baseball field at the Florham Campus will be named to honor Naimoli and his wife. A previous gift from Naimoli supported the construction of the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex on the Metropolitan Campus.
“Vince cared very deeply about higher education and NCAA sports. FDU will now have two Naimoli baseball fields on its campuses. It’s a wonderful tribute to Vince and Lenda, and the entire Naimoli family,” said President Christopher A. Capuano. “The Naimoli legacy will live on for years at FDU, benefitting our students long into the future.”
Naimoli’s remarkable entrepreneurial career spanned decades, as he served multiple corporations and led many businesses to outstanding successes, all the while supporting choice endeavors and organizations through philanthropy.
Most famously, Naimoli brought major league baseball to the Tampa, Fla., region, founding the Tampa Bay Rays and serving as managing general partner and CEO for the franchise’s first decade.
In recognition of his life, work and generosity, Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Naimoli with The PINNACLE Award for outstanding alumni in 1996. He was the Charter Day honoree in 2008.