Board of Trustees



  • Fall meeting: October 14, 15 and 16, 2021
  • Hurricane back-up: November 4, 5 and 6, 2021
  • Winter meeting: February 10, 11 and 12, 2022
  • Spring meeting: May 19, 20 and 21, 2022
  • Commencement : May 22, 2022


  • Fall meeting: October 13, 14 and 15, 2022
  • Hurricane back-up: November 3, 4 and 5, 2022
  • Winter meeting: February 9, 10 and 11, 2023
  • Spring meeting: May 18, 19 and 20, 2023
  • Commencement: May 21, 2023


  • Fall meeting: October 12, 13 and 14, 2023
  • Hurricane back-up: November 2, 3 and 4, 2023
  • Winter meeting: February 8, 9 and 10, 2024
  • Spring meeting: May 16, 17 and 18, 2024
  • Commencement: May 19, 2024



Mr. Ian P. Johnson ’89
Board Chair

Dr. Susan A. Slaugenhaupt ’85 (P ’20)
Board Vice Chair

Dr. Damián J. Fernández

Ms. Valerie M. Gliem

Mr. Christopher P. Brennan


Mr. Norman A. Barker (P ’13)
AB Bernstein
Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Ronice L. Barlow ’91
Senior Vice President,
Co-Head U.S. Retail Sales

Franklin Templeton Investments
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Christy Chapin Bellina ’94
Senior Account Executive and Marketing Lead, Softlines
New York, New York

Mr. Miles C. Collier
Past Board Chair (2000-2014)
Collier Enterprises
Naples, Florida

Dr. Damián J. Fernández
President, Ex Officio Member of the Board
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, Florida

Ms. Taryn Fielder ’99
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Washington Real Estate Investment Trust
Washington, D.C.

Mr. John G. Finneran Jr. (P ’12)
Immediate Past Board Chair (2014-2020)
Retired Senior Advisor and Corporate Secretary
Capital One Financial Corporation
McLean, Virginia

Dr. D. Ashley Hill ’86
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Advent Health
Graduate Medical Education;
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UCF College of Medicine
Orlando, Florida 

Mr. Ian P. Johnson ’89
 Senior Vice President–Investment Operations
Fidelity Investments
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Darius “Dar” Keblinskas ’93
Diagnostic Radiologist

Advanced Midwest Radiology SC
Oak Brook, Illinois

Mr. S. Matthew Kilgroe ’87
Cyndeo Wealth Partners
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Susan M. McDermott ’89
Retired Management Consultant
KPMG Depository Trust Company
Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Mr. Gregory T. Mino ’93
Vice President
Northern Trust
Chicago, Illinois

Mr. Jeffrey O. Moreno ’88
Thompson Hine, LLP
Washington, D.C.

Mr. George W. Off
Retired Executive
Jacksonville, Florida

The Honorable John B. Phelps III ’65 (GP ’18)
Retired Staff Director
Committee on Rules at the Florida Senate
Tallahassee, Florida

Mr. Fred S. Razook Jr.
Managing Member
RCH Capital, LLC
St. Petersburg, Florida     

Mr. P.N. “Bud” Risser III
Risser Oil Corporation
Clearwater, Florida

Mr. John R. Saunders ’71
Saunders Property Company
London Coin Galleries
Newport Beach, California

Dr. Susan A. Slaugenhaupt ’85 (P ’20)
Elizabeth G. Riley and Daniel E. Smith Jr. Endowed Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute Chair, Scientific Director and Professor of Neurology (Genetics)
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Ms. Kathleen H. Trott (P ’13)
Attorney at Law
Birmingham, Michigan

The Honorable Susan Russ Walker ’77
Retired Chief United States Magistrate Judge
Montgomery, Alabama

Dr. David L. Warren
Retired Past President
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Robert E. Waters Jr. 82
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Quinton Y. Zondervan ’92
City Councillor
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Emerita/us Trustees

Mr. Payton F. Adams
Retired Executive
Waynesville, North Carolina

Mr. Louie P. Buntin (P ’13)
Chief Executive Officer
Louie M. and Betty M. Phillips Foundation
Nashville, Tennessee

Mr. David J. Fischer
Former Mayor
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Mary E. Miller ’97
Retired Community Leader
Sarasota, Florida

Mr. Helmar E. Nielsen
Retired Executive
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mr. William R. Ripberger ’65
Retired Executive
Bradenton, Florida

Mrs. Martha Rudy Wallace
Retired Educator and Community Leader
St. Petersburg, Florida

Honorary Trustees

Mr. Robert H. Atwell
President Emeritus
American Council on Education
Sarasota, Florida

Dr. Lloyd W. Chapin (P ’94, GP ’08)
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Emeritus
Eckerd College
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mr. Jeffrey L. Fortune
Retired Business Owner
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mrs. Anne M. Hoerner (GP ’05)
Retired Presbyterian Church Leader
St. Petersburg, Florida

Mr. Thomas A. James
Chairman Emeritus
Raymond James Financial, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Dr. Michael C. Markovitz
Chairman/CEO, Yorkville University
New Brunswick, Canada;
Retired Founder and Chairman,
Argosy University
Sarasota, Florida;
Chairman, John Marshall Law School–Atlanta
Chicago, Illinois 

Mr. Gabriele G. Mazza ’68
International Consultant
(Intercultural policies and processes)
Former Director of Education and Culture
Council of Europe, United Nations
Schnersheim (Strasbourg), France         

Dr. James D. Moore Jr. ’68 (P ’00)
Retired Medical Doctor
Abingdon, Virginia

Mr. Les R. Smout
Retired Vice President
JME, Inc.
Clearwater, Florida

Articles of Incorporation

Amended & Restated Articles of Incorporation

formerly Florida Presbyterian College
A Nonprofit Corporation

Effective October 19, 2002

Article I
Name, Location, and Seal

Section 1. The name of this corporation shall be Eckerd College, Inc. founded as Florida Presbyterian College in 1958.

Section 2. The principal office of the corporation shall be located within St. Petersburg, Florida.

Section 3. The seal of the corporation shall be capable of embossing an outer perimeter with the words “Eckerd College, Inc.” around “Founded as Florida Presbyterian College” and an inner perimeter with the words “Florida 1958” around the words “Corporate Seal,” an impression of which appears on this page.

Article II

The purpose of this corporation shall be to establish and maintain a not for profit college or university related through appropriate and mutual covenant to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), wherein the study of religion, the arts, sciences, literature, languages, mathematics, and related subjects may be taught and advanced and appropriate degrees granted according to courses of study approved by the board of trustees.

Article III

Section 1. This non-profit corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in §501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under §501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 2. In addition to those given by statute, the corporation shall have the powers as follows:

(i) To contract and be contracted with, sue and be sued, invest and reinvest the funds of the corporation, and reinvest the funds of the corporation, and to do all acts and things requisite, necessary, proper, and desirable to carry out the purpose for which this corporation is formed.

(ii) To act as trustee of funds or other assets given for its purpose, to receive by bequest, devise, gift, purchase or lease, either absolutely or in trust, and property, whether real, personal or mixed; and to administer such property and such trusts; to sell and convey such property and to invest and reinvest the proceeds from the same or the proceeds and income therefrom in such manner, for the purpose of the corporation, as, in the discretion of the trustees, will best promote the purpose of the corporation.

(iii) In every case where specific instructions shall have been given the corporation by the donor, grantor, testator, or testatrix, as to the disposition of property or funds, whether such gift, devise or bequest shall be absolute or in trust, such gift, devise or bequest shall be placed in a fund to be known as a “designated fund” and the instructions, insofar as the same are legally possible, shall be binding upon the trustees and the corporation and shall be faithfully performed; provided, if the purpose for which any designated gift was made shall cease to exist, then such designated gift, devise or bequest shall become part of the undesignated funds or property of the corporation and shall be administered as such.

(iv) In the absence of specific directions by the donor, grantor, testator, or testatrix, all gifts, grants, devises and bequests to the corporation shall be known as “undesignated funds” and the distribution of such property and funds and the income therefrom shall be made for the purposes of the corporation as in the discretion of the trustees shall seem best.

(v) To do all things incident or necessary to carry out the purpose of the corporation.

Article IV

The number of members and their term of office as members and the eligibility of members for election and reelection shall be fixed by the bylaws. The number of members shall not be less than twenty-three or more than thirty including the president.

Article V

The corporation shall have perpetual existence.

Article VI

Section 1. The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by a board of trustees composed of all the members of the corporation. Their term of office shall coincide with their terms as members of the corporation. The board of trustees shall have all the requisite power and authority, which is customarily vested in corporate directors, over the business and affairs of the corporation.

Section 2. The eligibility of trustees for election and reelection and their term of office shall be fixed by the bylaws. All trustees shall be elected by action of the board of trustees.

Section 3. The board of trustees may from time to time elect trustees emeriti and honorary trustees who shall have the right and privilege to attend all board meetings and to participate in the meetings, but shall have no vote. The eligibility of trustees emeriti and honorary trustees for election and reelection together with any additional privileges and duties consistent with these Articles of Incorporation shall be fixed by the bylaws.

Article VII

Section 1. At each annual meeting, the board of trustees shall elect from their membership a chairman, a vice chairman, and a president who shall have the requisite power and authority which is customarily vested in the corporate officers over the business and affairs of the corporation and such additional powers and duties as shall be prescribed by the bylaws.

Section 2. At each annual meeting, the board of trustees shall also elect a secretary and a treasurer, and it may also elect such other officers as to them may seem best and prescribe their duties and authority consistent with the bylaws.

Section 3. The officers shall serve for the term of one year beginning on the first day of the fiscal year which starts following the date of their election, or until the successors shall be elected. No individual shall hold more than one office.

Article VIII
No Trustee to Benefit

Section 1. No part of the contributions, gifts, devises or bequests to or of the net earnings of this corporation may inure to the benefit of any trustee. No trustee of this corporation shall receive any compensation for his or her services as trustee; nor shall any trustee be eligible to receive any direct or indirect benefit from or by reason of his benevolences; however, reasonable expenses incurred by a trustee related to the work of this corporation may be reimbursed by the treasurer after a statement shall have been submitted for payment and approved by the board of trustees.

Section 2. Upon dissolution of this corporation, all of its assets remaining after payment of all costs and expenses of such dissolution shall be distributed to organizations which have qualified for exemption under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose, and none of the assets will be distributed to any officer or trustee of this corporation.

Article IX
Amendments to Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

Section 1. The bylaws of this corporation shall be made, altered and amended by the board of trustees at any regular or special meeting held in accordance with the bylaws.

Section 2. This corporation reserves the right to amend, alter, change or repeal any provision contained in these articles of incorporation, in the manner now or hereafter prescribed by the laws of the State of Florida. All rights conferred on trustees and officers herein are granted subject to this reservation.

Section 3. The articles of incorporation of the corporation may be amended at any meeting of the board of trustees by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of those present either in person or by proxy provided that notice of the substance of the proposed amendment is sent to all the trustees at least ten days before the meeting and provided that the affirmative vote shall constitute not less than a majority of all the trustees.

Section 4. The bylaws may be amended at any meeting of the board of trustees by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of those present, provided notice of the proposed amendment is sent to all the trustees at least ten days prior to the meeting and provided that an affirmative vote shall constitute not less than a majority of all the trustees.

Article X
Prohibited Activities

Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles of incorporation, this non-profit corporation shall not engage in any activities that are not permitted either

(i) by a Florida not for profit corporation exempt from federal corporate income tax under §501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or

(ii) by a non-profit corporation whose contributions are deductible under §170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code.