Alumni Stories

Charles Bryant

Class of 2005

Charles Bryant ’05 carves his own path, a fact made obvious just by the name of the financial advising firm he started, Lone Star Wealth Management.

Ashley Campanella '01

Ashley Campanella

Class of 2001

When Ashley (Meredith) Campanella ’01 attended Eckerd College, she dreamed of using her education to embark on a career providing dolphin assisted therapy to autistic children.

Larry Greenwood in a boat on a river

Larry Greenwood

Class of 1974

The last thing that Larry Greenwood ’74 expected when he first stepped onto the Florida Presbyterian College campus in the summer of 1970, as demonstrations against the war and racism raged across the country, was to emerge four years later as a conservative.

Dr. D. Ashley Hill ’86

Ashley Hill

Class of 1986

As a college student in Oregon looking to attend school closer to family in Florida, Dr. D. Ashley Hill ’86 sent away for a brochure about Eckerd College. The waterfront and sunny campus looked good to him after 44 straight days of rain.

Chrissy Jackson

Class of 2016

After retiring to St. Petersburg, Chrissy Jackson ’16 had a long career behind her, four grown children, several successful business ventures, and an exciting retirement stretched out ahead.

Fern Johnson

Class of 2005

In 2003, recently divorced and parenting a young son, Fern Johnson ’05 knew she wanted to expand her opportunities.

The Johnsons standing close

Rob and Carolyn Kitchings Johnson

Class of 1971

When Rob Johnson ’71 and Carolyn Kitchings Johnson ’71 met at Eckerd (then Florida Presbyterian College), they bonded over a mutual interest in social justice.

Matt Kilgroe

Class of 1987

For Eckerd Trustee Matt Kilgroe ’87, the path to running an investment firm that manages $1.3 billion in client assets resembled Eckerd’s broad liberal arts approach applied to the real world.

Thomas Leonard '12

Thomas Leonard

Class of 2012

Thomas Leonard ’12 credits his Eckerd education with giving him the practical skills—project management, trimming a bloated budget, communication, and more—that he needed to succeed in his professional career.

Couple wearing hats with mountain in the background

Sam Moulthrop and Joyce Samson Moulthrop

Class of 1973

It was 1969. Two Americans became the first humans to walk on the moon, more than 400,000 people showed up at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, and in St. Petersburg, Florida, students at Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College), a small, 11-year-old liberal arts college, were settling into the school’s permanent location on 54th Ave. S.

Karin Musier-Forsyth in sunglasses

Karin Musier-Forsyth

Class of 1984

Sometimes what you’re looking for really is right under your nose. Or in this case, just a 20-minute drive away.

Tristram Norman

Class of 2012

Taking Intro to Computer Science and Advanced Computer Science at the same time may not be the easiest way to learn to code, but for Tristram Norman ’12, his late-blooming interest in programming during his senior year at Eckerd College made the challenge appealing.

Lova Patterson holding a "Keep Eckerd Weird" mug

Lova Patterson

Class of 2000

For students who have attended Eckerd after the turn of the millennium, Director of Student Activities Lova Patterson ’00 is a constant presence.

Jane Petro

Class of 1968

Dr. Jane Arbuckle Petro ’68 spent most of her four years at what was then Florida Presbyterian College preparing to be a “philosopher scientist.”

Keith Rivinius

Class of 1992

To Keith Rivinius ’92, a Marine Corps veteran who served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the course Visual Problem Solving, taught by founding faculty member Jim Crane, would be unforgettable.

Couple wearing hats including one that says Santa On Vacation

Jack and Trisha Senterfitt

Class of 1968

Throughout the over 50 years of Jack Senterfitt and Trisha (Lyons) Senterfitt’s shared life together, they see the imprint of Florida Presbyterian / Eckerd College.

Pratichi Shah

Class of 1991

Looking back, Pratichi Shah ’91 says the seeds of the businesswoman she would become were already in the soil at Eckerd College.

Sarah Sieloff smiling

Sarah Sieloff

Class of 2006

Sarah Sieloff ’06 has spent her 15 years post-Eckerd College creating a career that defies neat categorization. If the multiple choices were a) urban planner, b) writer/researcher, c) public servant, and d) nonprofit leader, the answer would be e) all of the above.

Susan Russ Walker

Class of 1977

As an Eckerd student studying abroad in London, the Honorable Susan Russ Walker ’77 remembers many formative experiences: encountering a new country and culture; immersion in Shakespeare and theatre; and, in a moment that would take on great significance, taking a field trip to the University of Oxford.