Endowed Professorships

The Richard R. Hallin Endowed Professorship in Natural Sciences

The Richard R. Hallin Endowed Professorship in Natural Sciences was established by Mr. Jeff Fortune, a member of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees since 1990 and a generous benefactor of the College, and his wife, Sherry, to honor Dean Emeritus Richard R. Hallin. This generous gift by Mr. and Mrs. Fortune was the first major commitment made to The Campaign for Eckerd College.

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The Tom and Mary James Endowed Professorship in Finance

Mr. Thomas A. James, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond James Financial, and his wife, Mary, endowed the Tom and Mary James Professorship in Finance in 2006. Although Mr. James has two degrees from Harvard University, he looked at his and Mrs. James' gift to Eckerd as one that would make more of an impact than it would at an Ivy League institution. When asked about his gift, he stated, "Eckerd College is particularly qualified to deliver a combination of an excellent liberal arts education and practical skills that are necessary in today's world." Mr. James, a former Trustee of Eckerd College (1985–1991), said he thinks Eckerd is poised to blossom: "I want to see them jump to the next plateau."

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The Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing

Established with a gift from Mrs. Martha Rudy Wallace, a member of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees since 1976 and one of the College's dearest friends, the Peter Meinke Endowed Professorship in Creative Writing was funded in honor of Professor Emeritus Peter Meinke -- Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Eckerd College for 27 years; celebrated poet, essayist and fiction writer; recipient of numerous awards; and mentor to countless established poets and students of writing.

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The Christian Nielsen Endowed Professorship in Film Studies

Established with a gift from Mr. Helmar Nielsen, a member of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees since 1994, the Christian Nielsen Professorship in Film Studies was funded in honor of Mr. Christian Nielsen, Trustee Nielsen's late brother.

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The Elie Wiesel Endowed Professorship in Humane Letters

The Elie Wiesel Professorship in Humane Letters was endowed with a gift from Mrs. Jean Giles Wittner and her beloved late husband, Ted. Mrs. Wittner has been an Eckerd College Trustee for nearly a quarter of a century and a stalwart supporter and wonderful friend. As Co-Chair of the Trustee Leadership Committee for The Campaign for Eckerd College with fellow Trustee Martha Rudy Wallace, she has provided endless support and expertise for this effort.

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