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President Donald R. Eastman III

Strategic Issues

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Dear Faculty and Staff of Eckerd College:

In the Spring 2011 semester the Eckerd College Board of Trustees Presidential Assessment and Compensation Committee (PA&CC) conducted a Comprehensive Five-Year Review of the President. Five-year reviews are a recommended best practice in higher education today, and it has been President Eastman's goal to engage us in reviews that are serious, objective and potentially illuminating.

The review was completed in early April, and the Board's Presidential Assessment and Compensation Committee (PA&CC) and Executive Committee accepted the oral report of the President's performance and written observations on strategic issues for the College delivered by Dr. Daniel F. Sullivan, President Emeritus of St. Lawrence University, the consultant who conducted the Board's comprehensive review. In mid-April, Dr. Sullivan met with the Faculty Coordinating Committee and Collegial Chairs and the Executive Staff to deliver his oral report and written observations. The Board of Trustees will be discussing and acting on the report on performance at their May 2011 meeting. Last week, FCC and Collegial Chairs met with President Eastman to review the strategic observations and discuss next steps.

FCC and Collegial Chairs agree Dr. Sullivan led a thorough and careful review of the President's performance. In sum, the assessment of the President's performance was overwhelmingly positive. Dr. Sullivan noted especially that stakeholders across all groups "see the same president" and hope President Eastman will stay beyond his current contract.

As a part of the review, participants were asked to engage in conversations that can assist the College in setting strategic priorities through the years 2014 and beyond. The outcomes of those conversations are reflected in Dr. Sullivan's observations entitled "Eckerd College Strategic Issues." President Eastman, the Faculty Coordinating Committee and Collegial Chairs want to be sure that the college community has access to the observations and, of course, an opportunity to engage in conversations so we may take away as much value as we can from the review. We agreed it would be best to put the Strategic Issues document on the President's Page on the College's web site so you may access it any time from anywhere. Please also note that the report is login/password protected. This document is for the internal discussion of the College and not intended for public dissemination.

President Eastman will discuss the comprehensive review in his remarks at our May 2011 Faculty and Staff meetings. The review offers our community a chance to think together strategically as we look to the future.

Once you have had time to read the strategic issues document, FCC asks that you send questions, concerns, reactions or critiques to the President and the FCC at anytime in the weeks ahead. The Faculty Coordinating Committee in conversation with the President will identify important subjects and concerns for the coming year and then hold open discussions next Fall 2011.

The Five-Year Review recognizes much that is very healthy about Eckerd College at this point in our history. Most important, the review concludes that we are served by an engaged President and Board of Trustees. All the same, there are many things for us to consider as we look to our future, and the increasing health of our College makes this an excellent time to do so.

Tony Brunello

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