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Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletics Excellence

The Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletics Excellence will play a central role to elevate FAU's academic standing and will benefit students in all academic programs, including students not associated with athletic programs. The facility received initial funding of $16 million from the Schmidt Family Foundation, the largest single gift in FAU's history. The Schmidt Family Foundation's generosity will help create a national model of academic excellence in athletics to attract the nation's top coaches and student-athletes to FAU.

Long-time FAU benefactor Dick Schmidt ('70, M.B.A., accounting), said the Foundation hopes this gift will be transformative, not only for FAU, but for the Boca Raton and South Florida region. The Foundation believes Florida Atlantic University - our university right here in Boca Raton - is poised for greatness, said Schmidt. As a community, we understand that to compete at the highest levels, in and out of the classroom, students must have access to premier facilities.

The Complex will be constructed adjacent to FAU Stadium. In addition to a student-athlete academic and leadership center, the state-of-the-art facilities will include strength and conditioning, sports medicine, locker rooms, MBA Sport Program, history and tradition hall, indoor training center and outdoor practice fields.

Pat Chun, FAU's vice president for athletics, said the Schmidt Family Foundation's generosity will lead to endless possibilities. We have some of the best student-athletes and coaches in college sports at FAU, Chun said. This gift will allow us to teach, mentor and develop our student-athletes to their highest levels. We thank the Schmidts for this transformative gift.

Since the announcement of the generous gift by the Schmidt Family Foundation, additional gifts have been graciously committed to making the Schmidt Family Complex a reality. Complex gifts include:

  • $16 million Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence
  • $5 million Christine E. Lynn Sports Medicine Center
  • $5 million Bobby and Barbara Campbell Academic Success Center
  • $5 million Eleanor R. Baldwin History and Tradition Hall
  • $1 million

To make a contribution to the Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletics Excellence or for more information about this impactful complex, please contact Keith McCluney at 561-297-2683 or

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