Presidential Transition

The Eckerd College Board of Trustees unanimously selected Damian J. Fernandez, Ph.D., as the fifth president of Eckerd College effective July 1, 2020.

Dr. Donald R. Eastman III

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Eckerd College Highlights 2001-2020

Under President Eastman’s leadership, Eckerd College’s accomplishments are many. Below is a snapshot. For more details, peruse The Eastman Era publication.

2001

Appointment of Dr. Donald R. Eastman III as fourth President of Eckerd College

2002

Design of Campus Master Plan

2003

2004

  • Introduction of community Yellow Bike program
  • Adoption of 10-Year Strategic Plan
  • Renovation of Dan and Mary Miller Auditorium
  • Sale of College Harbor and College Landings
  • Construction of Johnson Athletic Field

2005

Opening of Armacost Library

2006

  • Opening of Iota Residence Complex
  • Announcement of $80M Many Experiences, One Spirit comprehensive campaign
  • Signing of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment

2007

  • Renovation of Wireman Chapel (formerly Griffin Chapel)
  • Approval of Financial Plan

2008

  • 50th Anniversary of Founding Charter
  • Renovation of Cobb Hall (Phase I)

2009

  • Eckerd among “Tampa Bay’s Top 60 Workplaces”
  • Adoption of Energy Efficiency Plan

2010

  • Opening of GO Pavilion
  • Selection of President Eastman as CASE III Chief Executive Leader of the Year

2011

2012

Revision of General Education curriculum

2013

2014

2015

  • Completion of financing for residence hall renovations

2016

  • Opening of Doyle Sailing Center
  • Adoption of Five-Year Strategic Plan
  • Introduction of community White Bike program
  • Opening of campus Starbucks®
  • Groundbreaking for Center for Visual Arts

2017

First-ever wait list for students seeking to enroll at Eckerd

2018

2019

  • Dr. Donald R. Eastman III announces his June 2020 retirement.
  • 50th Anniversary of Wireman Chapel (formerly Griffin Chapel)

2020 (Projected)

  • Dr. Eastman retires from office.
  • Dr. Fernandez begins his tenure.