Fairfield U’s Rec Complex gets $10 million boost

John C. Meditz '70 student achievement penguinFAIRFIELD_  John C. Meditz, a Fairfield University alumnus and trustee, has given $10 million to the university for one of its current strategic priorities – the transformative expansion and modernization of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex. 

The gift adds to other major contributions that Mr. Meditz has made in recent years, including gifts that enabled the university to construct and establish the Bellarmine Museum of Art, to endow the Directorship of the museum, and to create additional endowed student scholarships. 

In a prepared statement, Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., University President, called the gift “historic and transformative.” 

“John has been a longtime, steadfast supporter of the University and his generosity has already had a profound impact on the University community and the learning environment that we have become.,” von Arx said.

 Meditz made known his gift intention in late March through a letter to fellow trustees presented during a recent Board meeting.  He hopes it will inspire to make similar donations.

The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex, located in the center of campus, was built in 1979 and houses the swimming pool, Birkenstock field house, racquetball courts, and fitness and weight area that support general recreation, intramural and club sports, and the varsity swimming and diving teams. 

The project includes a 11,000 square foot two-story expansion, combined with significant renovation of the existing facility.

Linda Lambeck