Calling it “another important step forward for the University,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy joined University of Bridgeport (UB) Trustee Ernest Trefz and campus officials today in breaking ground for the newly renamed Ernest C. Trefz School of Business.
Mr. Trefz has been a trustee of the University since 1980 and a constant presence as an advisor, philanthropist, and supporter. Noting that “my family taught me the value of hard work and persistence, and the importance of education,” Mr. Trefz said his gift is a tribute to his parents and family, who gave him the skills he needed to become an entrepreneur and business leader.
The Trefz Corp. owns the Bridgeport Holiday Inn, 44 McDonald’s restaurants, and investment property.
“I’m honored and honestly humbled that the UB business school will carry my name,” he added. “I will be here to support the school and its mission in every way I can.”
UB President Neil A. Salonen, University Trustee Frank Zullo, and School of Business Dean Lloyd Gibson also delivered remarks at the school, 230 Park Avenue.
“Ernie Trefz and the Trefz family have supported the University for over 30 years. We are grateful for Ernie’s generosity and steadfast loyalty to UB,” said President Salonen. “This naming gift from Trustee Trefz will transform the School of Business, and in particular, strengthen its focus on entrepreneurship.“
Gov. Malloy lauded the school’s focus. “This groundbreaking is a celebration of Ernie’s long-time philanthropy and another important step forward for the University of Bridgeport as an institution of higher learning,” he said. “We are also here to celebrate a project that represents a major investment in our future workforce and, upon completion, a project that will facilitate an even stronger partnership between the University and Connecticut’s business community.”
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