SOURCE: Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences

September 11, 2009 12:31 ET

Rays' Founder Joins WesternU Board

POMONA, CA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2009) - Vincent J. Naimoli, an entrepreneur and philanthropist best known for bringing Major League Baseball to the St. Petersburg, Fla., area in the 1990s, has joined the Western University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees as its newest member.

The announcement was made by Dr. Philip Pumerantz, president of WesternU, who said Naimoli's business acumen, keen mind and ardent support for higher education will be assets to the Board of Trustees and to WesternU.

"I'm very pleased that Vince has agreed to join our Board, and to become an even bigger part of our WesternU family," Dr. Pumerantz said. "As we open a new chapter in the University's history, it's board members like Vince who will help carry our message and provide the vision we'll need in the years to come."

"I am delighted, humbled, and honored to join the Western University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees," Naimoli said. "Not only do I greatly admire all that President Pumerantz and his associates have accomplished, but I also am a great fan of the humanism approach at the university."

Naimoli has been president, vice president, chairman, or CEO of some of the biggest names in American and international business, notably Continental Can Company, Doehler-Jarvis, The Regina Company and the Electrolux Corporation. He was founder, chairman, president and CEO of Anchor Glass Container Corporation, which today is the third-largest manufacturer of glass containers in North America, with more than 2,900 employees and annual revenues in excess of $1.2 billion.

In 1995, Naimoli and his business partners were awarded a Major League Baseball franchise for the St. Petersburg, Fla., area. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays played their inaugural season in 1998; in 2008, the Tampa team -- now known simply as the Rays -- won the American League Championship and qualified for the World Series. Naimoli stepped down as managing general partner in 2005, and today retains the titles of founder and Chairman Emeritus of the club.

WesternU recently celebrated the generous contributions of the Naimoli family to the University with the dedication of the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center Student Commons in their honor. Vince and Lenda Naimoli's daughter, Lindsey, is a third-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

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