Domino's founder to build new town, university

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- The founder of Domino's Pizza plans to build a Roman Catholic university and college town covering more than 5,000 acres in southwest Florida.

Tom Monaghan, who also formerly owned the Detroit Tigers, announced Nov. 20 that the developer, Barron Collier Cos., will donate 750 acres to build the town near Naples.

The school will be called Ave Maria University.

It will be the latest of Monaghan's Catholic schools and organizations, including Ave Maria School of Law, Ave Maria College, a convent and a foundation called the Ave Maria Foundation. They are located in southeastern Michigan.

Monaghan said he started the foundation in 1983 ''to help get as many people to heaven as possible.''

Monaghan said his early years expanding Domino's Pizza franchises in college towns sparked an interest in campus community life as a vehicle for teaching Catholic values. He sold the company in 1998.

He hopes to finish construction on the Florida site by late 2006.


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