News & Updates
Eckerd College announced today that donors have made gifts and pledges to the Many Experiences, One Spirit comprehensive campaign—the largest in the College's history—of $81 million, which exceeds the $80 million goal. The announcement came during the College's Board of Trustees meeting, nearly six weeks ahead of the official close of the Campaign on June 30.
Campaign Chairman Grover Wrenn '64 and his wife, Suzie, issued a challenge to quadruple the impact of donors' new and increased Science Fellow gifts to the Center for Molecular and Life Science.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant of $870,720 to MARINE: Modernizing Academic Research INfrastructure at Eckerd for the renovation of five research training areas in Eckerd College's Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory (GMSL).
Eckerd College Breaks Ground for GO Pavilion
May 27, 2010
The College celebrated the impending construction of the GO Pavilion with a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, May 21, highlighting the generosity of Eckerd College Trustee George Off and his wife, Tara.
Eckerd College donors have made gifts and pledges completely fulfilling the $25 million Campaign Challenge gift announced by Board of Trustees Chairman Miles Collier and his wife, Parker, of Naples, Fla., in May 2006.
In honor of Lloyd W. Chapin's 31 years of service as Eckerd College's Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Eckerd Trustee Helmar Nielsen has established a $1 million endowment to support The Lloyd W. Chapin Faculty Development Program.
Eckerd College was honored recently with five awards from District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the professional organization for alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing, and related activities in higher education.
Grover C. Wrenn '64, a successful entrepreneur and Vice Chairman of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees, is the recipient of the Bill Franklin Volunteer of the Year Award, an honor bestowed by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education).
Eckerd College has received a grant of $300,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the establishment of the Christian Nielsen Endowed Professorship in Film Studies.
A gift of property from the J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation, Inc., will support the construction of the new Pruitt Center for Ceramic Arts and Sculpture and several program and scholarship endowments.
To recognize Professor of Economics Tom Oberhofer's May 31, 2009 retirement after a 35-year career at Eckerd College, alumni Scott Rivinius '88 and Julia Welch '94 desired more than a retirement party for their influential teacher, mentor and friend.
Eckerd Establishes Sustaining Tomorrow's Leaders
April 9, 2009
As we move forward in these challenging economic times, Eckerd College seeks to raise funds for the newly created Sustaining Tomorrow's Leaders, a program to ensure that students suffering sudden economic hardship can receive the scholarship assistance they need to continue their Eckerd educations.
Eckerd's Grand Celebration Coverage
November 19, 2008
View photos and read about Eckerd's Grand Celebration at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort Friday, November 14, 2008.
The highlight of the five-day celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Florida Presbyterian/Eckerd College was the announcement that the Board of Trustees raised Eckerd's 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign Goal to $80 million, the largest in Eckerd's history.
Founding member of Eckerd College's million-dollar gift will be doubled
November 9, 2008 | St. Petersburg Times
Grover Wrenn arrived on the campus of then-Florida Presbyterian College in 1960 as one of 154 founding members. He didn't have much money. He was just a "country boy from North Carolina," by his own description.
Grover Wrenn '64, a member of the founding class of Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, has given a $1 million gift, the largest from an alumnus. Mr. Wrenn, an 18-year veteran of Eckerd's Board of Trustees, serves as vice chairman of the Board and chairman of the College's $80 million capital campaign.
The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded Eckerd College a $1 million gift to establish an endowment for Eckerd's Osher Reentry Scholarship Fund. In addition, the Osher Foundation awarded the college $50,000 as a bridge grant to provide support until the endowments begin to generate proceeds.
The Bernard Osher Foundation has awarded Eckerd College a $1 million gift to establish an endowment for Eckerd's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). In addition, the Osher Foundation awarded the college $50,000 as a bridge grant to support OLLI’s program operations in FY08.
Recent gifts to Eckerd's capital campaign have resulted in two new endowed professorships and appointments, adding to the growing list of endowed professorships at the College. They were announced by Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, President of Eckerd College, at the 45th Commencement on May 18, 2008.
Local businessman Helmar Nielsen, a longtime trustee of Eckerd College, has given a substantial gift to Eckerd College to establish a professorship in film studies. The gift, when matched by the (Miles) Collier Challenge, will total $1 million and will be named the Christian Nielsen Professorship in Film Studies after Helmar Nielsen's late brother.
Prominent Tampa Bay business leader Thomas A. James, chairman and chief executive officer of Raymond James Financial, and his wife, Mary, have given a $1 million gift to Eckerd College to endow a finance professorship. The gift will be named the James Professorship in Finance.
Eckerd College, the only national private liberal arts college in Florida, has received $25 million, the largest gift in its history, from Eckerd College chairman of the board of trustees Miles C. Collier, and his wife, Parker, of Naples, Fla.