Fairfield University trustee John C. Meditz ’70, of Weehawken, N.J., has gifted $10 million to the University for one of its current strategic priorities — the expansion and modernization of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex.
The gift adds to other major contributions that 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.
University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., called the gift “historic and transformative.” He continued, saying, “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. At this moment in our history, we are committed to a number of facility enhancements that will help us to become an even more dynamic and state-of-the-art institution. John has a deep understanding of our mission as a Jesuit university and he has served that mission well. He has been a University trustee during all of my term as president, and I’m grateful for his leadership at this moment in our development.”
Meditz made known his gift intention in late March through a letter to fellow trustees presented during a recent board meeting. Noting that enhancements to the University’s facilities — along with endowment growth — were among the critical priorities that the board had identified as essential to the long-term success of the institution, Meditz wrote, “Investing in strategically important facilities that either we lack or are in need of modernization is vital to Fairfield’s overall reputation for excellence and to how it is perceived among its various audiences, particularly prospective students.
“With the new Rafferty Stadium construction for Fairfield’s lacrosse programs underway, we need to accelerate the expansion and modernization of the Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex. In making my commitment it is my sincere hope that it will encourage and inspire others to make exemplary donations by increasing current gifts or making new ones,” Meditz wrote.
The Leslie C. Quick Jr. Recreation Complex, located in the center of campus, serves more than 95 percent of the student body, as well as many faculty and staff. It was built in 1979 and houses the swimming pool, Birkenstock field house, racquetball courts, and fitness and weight areas that support general recreation, intramural and club sports, and the varsity swimming and diving teams.