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The addition of the fitness center to El Pomar Sports Complex will allow us to provide excellent health and wellness opportunities for Colorado College students and employees for years to come,” said CC President Jill Tiefenthaler. “Alumnus Adam Press has shown visionary leadership with this commitment. I am grateful for his generous support and thrilled that it will have such great impact for Colorado College.”
While fundraising efforts continue for the overall project, the recent timely gift brings the college to within $2.8 million of its goal. In 2007, El Pomar Foundation donated $10 million toward on-campus building improvements and scholarships after CC’s “Vision 2010” initiative identified the fitness center and library renovations as priorities four years earlier. All but $1.5 million of that amount was allocated to the athletics center facelift.
"The trustees of El Pomar are pleased to see the strong support for this project, which will enhance the entire Colorado College community," said William J. Hybl, the foundation’s chairman and CEO.
Press, a Walnut Creek, Calif., native who now lives in Los Angeles, is an active investor, art collector and philanthropist. He served as chairman and CEO of The St. John Companies, Inc. (1992-2010), as well as director of equity investments for the Thyssen-Bornemisza Group in Monte Carlo (1989-91), and worked in the New York corporate finance department of PaineWebber (1986-89). He holds an MBA from Columbia University in addition to his bachelor’s degree in political economy from Colorado College. He also serves on the boards of Jewish Vocational Services in Los Angeles as well as New York-based Freedom to Marry.
“It’s an honor to assist in making the new El Pomar Sports Complex a reality,” Press said. “I am thrilled to play a role in such a worthwhile initiative at my alma mater. I hope that this facility proves to be an enormous asset for Colorado College athletes and for the entire student body.”