With a huge increase in retail space expansion regionwide and 2,000-plus residential units coming online in downtown New Haven, clearly an engine of job growth is also needed.
For now, that job is clearly in the hands of the region’s “other” universities.
That fact is no more obvious than with the mid-2013 sale of the former Hubble headquarters to the University of New Haven, as well as Quinnipiac University’s continuing expansion onto the former Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield (now in a sufficiently downsized location on Leigus Road in Wallingford) campus in North Haven.
UNH acquired the 47-acre campus and its 70,000-square-foot building for a new graduate school campus. The satellite campus is located adjacent to the Wilbur Cross Parkway at exits 55 and 56. The Bergami & Pompea Graduate Center recognized the support of Samuel S. Bergami Jr. a 1985 UNH executive EMBA graduate, and Charles E. Pompea who graduated UNH in 1971 and returned in 1990 for a UNH EMBA as well.
The EMBA program apparently was quite effective as Pompea, 65, purchased Primary Steel in 1993 and grew it into a $600 million company.
Now “retired,” Pompea is majority owner of the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons, an American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.
Bergami spent a half-century business career at Alinbal Inc., where he rose from tool-and-die apprentice to CEO and co-owner of the 400-employee manufacturer based in a 200,000-square-foot facility in Milford.
Bergami chaired the UNH Board of Governors between 2006 and 2012 a time that UNH reinvigorated itself. New projects included expansion of the school’s Tagliatela College of Engineering (with major support from another local business leader, Louis F. Tagliatela), the opening of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, several new dorms, the David Beckerman Recreation Center and the Bergami Learning Center for Finance & Technology.
North to the shadow of the Sleeping Giant, Quinnipiac President John Lahey proved again he wasn’t letting the school’s well manicured lawns to grow under his feet when the school purchased Anthem’s North Haven campus. The first class entered last fall at the Frank H. Netter, MD School of Medicine with the support of a $100 million investment from the Netter family.
Netter was a surgeon and renowned medical illustrator whose 4,000 medical illustrations grace many books and medical journals.
The mission of the med school is to develop primary-care physicians. The North Haven campus is also home to QU’s other extensive graduate health career programs and Quinnipiac School of Law.