Campbell family donates $5 million toward Academic Success Center

The center will reside in the planned Schmidt Family Complex.


Photo courtesy of FAU Media Relations

Brendan Feeney, Sports Editor

On April 1, Bobby and Barbara Campbell donated $5 million to name the Academic Success Center inside of the proposed Florida Atlantic Schmidt Family Complex.

The 12,000-square-foot center will “provide FAU student-athletes with a comprehensive support program focusing on academic, personal and professional excellence,” according to a press release from the Florida Atlantic athletics department.

The center will contain nine tutor suites, a career center, computer laboratories and two study hall rooms.

“It’s wonderful to have Bobby Campbell support our effort to build one of America’s most innovative student complexes,” FAU President John Kelly said. “Our university is a rising star, and I believe promising student-athletes understand that coming to FAU will give them a great opportunity to push their ambitions to the highest level.”

The $5 million adds to the $23 million that was previously donated for the complex.

The Schmidt Family Foundation funded the first $16 million in December of 2014. Since then, the complex has received a $5 million gift from Christine E. Lynn, while Eleanor R. Baldwin donated $1 million.

Both Abdol Moabery and his wife, Cathy Moabery, and Drs. Ann and Alan Aker have given $500,000.

“I’m thrilled to be part of making this state-of-the-art facility a reality at FAU,” said Bobby Campbell. “I have always championed educational and children’s issues and am proud to support the center that will help ensure FAU student-athletes’ academic success.”

This marks Campbell’s first donation toward FAU Athletics. It will also allow FAU to begin the project’s engineering and architectural design stage.

The estimated cost of the Schmidt Family Complex is between $45 million and $50 million.

“On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff we thank Bobby and Barbara Campbell for this transformative gift,” said Pat Chun, vice president and director of athletics at FAU. “Their generosity will allow us the opportunity to impact current and future student-athletes. The legacy of this gift will be lasting.”

Brendan Feeney is the sports editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @feeney42.