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Trustees Extend Contract of Eckerd College President Donald R. Eastman III to 2014

posted on 11/14/2008

The Eckerd College Board of Trustees voted unanimously at a meeting this morning to extend the term of President Donald R. Eastman's contract to June 30, 2014. President Eastman has agreed to serve a longer term.

President Eastman began his tenure on July 1, 2001; in 2006, his contract was renewed for a second five-year term. Annually the board's Presidential Assessment and Compensation Committee reviews the President's performance based upon mutually agreed upon goals. Noting the President's continuing exceptional performance and Board goals over the next five years, the Presidential Assessment and Compensation Committee recommended the Board offer the President an early extension of his contract. The Board agreed enthusiastically.

At Friday evening's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the College's founding, the public phase of the 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign will be launched. Eckerd will announce that $50 million has been raised toward the campaign goal. The Board commended President Eastman for the momentum the College has gained under his leadership.

In an announcement to the Eckerd campus community, Board Chairman Miles C. Collier stated, "President Eastman frequently reminds us that the achievements of the College are not the results of the efforts of any single individual. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for all you do that contributes to the continuing success of this College."

About President Eastman
Donald R. Eastman III was appointed the fourth president of Eckerd College in July 2001. Before his appointment, Dr. Eastman served ten years at the University of Georgia, first as Vice President for Development and University Relations and then as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Public Affairs.

President Eastman is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Board and Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Council of Presidents. He serves as an ex officio member of The Florida Council of 100 and was appointed to the Educational Facilities Authority by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. He recently completed service as President of the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference and as a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Board. He has served on the boards of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and Salvador Dalí Museum, and was a member of the Florida Orchestra Board of Advisors. He has published on topics in higher education, international education, and English literature; he also writes poetry.

President Eastman earned his B.A., magna cum laude, in Philosophy and English (with a minor in Art History) from the University of Tennessee. He earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Florida. He and his wife, Christine, have three sons.

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