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Eckerd College Campaign surpasses goal ahead of schedule, reaches $81 million
May 21, 2011

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.


Suzie and Grover Wrenn '64 Challenge Science Donors to Quadruple their Gifts
November 8, 2010

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 Funds Renovations to Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory
September 14, 2010

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's $25 Million Collier Challenge Fulfilled
May 21, 2010

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.


Eckerd Trustee Helmar Nielsen Establishes $1 Million Endowment to Fund The Lloyd W. Chapin Faculty Development Program
May 19, 2010

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.


Council for Advancement and Support of Education Honors Eckerd College with Five Awards
March 28, 2010

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.


Eckerd College Trustee Grover C. Wrenn '64 Receives National Volunteer of the Year Award
February 15, 2010

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).


National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Eckerd College $300,000 Grant for Film Studies Professorship
January 24, 2010

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.


Eckerd College Receives $2.8 Million Gift, Campaign Hits $70 Million Mark
October 22, 2009

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.


Eckerd Alumni Surprise Professor Tom Oberhofer with Endowed Scholarship for Economics Students
May 21, 2009

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.


Eckerd College Raises 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign Goal to $80 Million
November 17, 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.


$1 Million Gift to Eckerd College from Founding Class Member Grover Wrenn is Largest from an Alumnus
November 7, 2008

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 Awards Eckerd College $1 Million Gift for Students Reentering College
September 23, 2008

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.


Eckerd's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Receives $1 Million Boost of Confidence
August 28, 2007

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.


Appointments to Richard R. Hallin Professorship in Natural Sciences, Peter Meinke Professorship in Creative Writing Announced
May 21, 2008

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.


Eckerd College Trustee and Entrepreneur Helmar Nielsen Endows Film Studies Professorship
March 6, 2007

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.


$1 Million Gift from Tom and Mary James to Endow Finance Professorship
June 12, 2006

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 Receives $25 Million Gift, Largest in Its History
May 20, 2006

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.