50th Anniversary Celebratory Events

November 12-16, 2008 featured a five-day celebration of public events in conjunction with Eckerd's 50th Anniversary, Alumni Weekend and the launch of the public phase of the College's science-anchored capital campaign. Learn more about the events, view pictures or learn more about the Campaign for Eckerd College.


Welcome

Donald Eastman

“For 50 years, the College has paid homage to the truest intentions of our founders while evolving with the passage of time.”

“It changed my life.”

This reflection resurfaces in my conversations with students, graduates, faculty, staff, and lifelong learners who refer to their experience at Florida Presbyterian/Eckerd College.

The faces change, the years advance and yet the essence of an Eckerd experience remains the same—lives continue to be transformed.

It is striking that so many of the values and aspirations of the founders of Florida Presbyterian College are vibrantly alive in the College today: the focus on educating the whole person; the deep regard for individuality and self-expression; the emphasis on the close relationship between student and teacher; the commitment to explore other cultures through study abroad; and perhaps most important, the belief that Florida Presbyterian College was a glorious opportunity for a fresh start, the chance to remake liberal arts education. All of this survives today at Eckerd College.

Put simply, they got it right. For 50 years, the College has paid homage to the truest intentions of our founders while evolving with the passage of time. From February to November 2008, we will highlight the pillars of Eckerd's curriculum that uphold its greatest strengths—the Humanities, the Sciences, International programs, Spiritual Life, and the Arts.These strengths reinforce the five core values of the Eckerd experience—residential, global, spiritual, environmental, and personal.

Not only did the founders get it right for the College's first 50 years, their values—our values—will carry the College forward for the next 50 years.

Donald R. Eastman III
President of Eckerd College