Vincent Naimoli, chairman of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball team, was recently appointed to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Board of Overseers.
Board members work to give NJIT national recognition by supporting and encouraging research, establishing fellowships and scholarships as well as helping with fund-raising for the university’s academic programs. The board is composed of senior executives, CEO's, entrepreneurs and others who provide a broad range of advocacy for NJIT, both corporate and personal. Board members serve as professional advisors to the university, supplying expertise in a multitude of areas.
Naimoli, of Tampa, Fla., graduated from NJIT in 1962 with an MSME. He also holds a BSME from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“The same energy and problem-solving savvy that were instrumental in Vincent’s leading the effort to bring a major-league baseball franchise to Tampa Bay are the same skills that took him from his hometown of Paterson to an NROTC scholarship at the University of Notre Dame,” said Charles R Dees, Jr., PhD, vice president for university advancement at NJIT. “Vincent went on to get two master’s degrees, establish success in engineering and business and eventually earn legendary status as a corporate-turnaround specialist. It’s an honor to have a man of his abilities on our board of overseers.”
As CEO of Anchor Industries International, Naimoli was voted 1995 Florida Entrepreneur of the Year in the “turnaround” category. In 1999 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. Other past winners of that award include Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. John Glenn and late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
He has also been extensively involved with advisory groups and fund-raising initiatives at NJIT, Fairleigh Dickinson and the University of Notre Dame, and has received numerous community-service honors.