Dr. Eastman’s Vita

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Administrative Experience

2001 – Present:
Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

Phone: 727.864.8211
Fax: 727.864.1877

1998 – 2001:

Vice President for Strategic Planning and Public Affairs
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Selected accomplishments:
Developed a comprehensive strategic planning program for the University of Georgia, in concert with University System of Georgia Board of Regents, and in support of a $500M university-wide capital campaign, and led development of a new campus (now Gwinnett State University).

1991 – 1998:

Vice President for Development and University Relations
University of Georgia

Selected accomplishments:
Created a professional development and fundraising organization; hired thirty-five staff to manage corporate, foundation, planned, major, and constituent-based giving; developed comprehensive computer-based information management system to support development and alumni programs; doubled number of annual donors; successfully completed the $150 million campus-wide capital campaign in 1993; doubled level of private giving to institution over six years; reorganized UGA Foundation Board and committee structure; reorganized alumni relations function, doubling staff and programs; launched Georgia’s first dues-based national alumni association; developed a public affairs office focused on national news; revamped internal faculty/staff newspaper and alumni magazine; developed advisory board for alumni communications; and created Visitor and Information Center and community relations function.

1990 – 1991:

Vice President for University Relations (Acting)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Primary responsibilities:
Chief public affairs and government relations officer; principal administrative liaison for international program.

Selected accomplishments:
Developed marketing strategies for College of Human Ecology and Cornell Hotel School; developed communication materials for $1.5 billion capital campaign; developed unified marketing and communications program for Cornell Computing and Information Management Systems; developed community relations agreement with local government; created unified athletics image and marketing program; and negotiated television contract for coverage of all football games.

1989 – 1990:

Executive Director of University Communications
Cornell University

Primary responsibilities:
Principal deputy to the Vice President for University Relations; member of Cornell’s Executive Staff; line responsibility for institutional internal and external communications offices and programs; member of the Council for International Education; communications and media oversight for Cornell Athletics; capital campaign communications.

1979 – 1989:

Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and Executive Director of University Communications
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

Primary responsibilities:
Serve as chief of staff for university central administration; represent the Chancellor and the central administration with internal and external constituencies, including the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, the UTK Council of Academic Deans, the UT system-wide administration, the press and various public groups as necessary; coordinate the work of the Vice Chancellors and Provost of UTK; serve as a member of the central budget and planning group; review all proposals for new academic programs and degrees; participate in long-range planning efforts; provide special reports on problem areas; review state and federal legislation and help determine consequences for campus policy and practice; coordinate and develop University public relations, marketing, publications and video projects; line responsibility for the Office of University Communications; liaison between campus and UT intercollegiate athletics program; development and coordination of faculty development programs; chair of University Council on International Education; serve as member of the Title XII Board of Directors of the UT Institute of Agriculture; member of Board of Directors of the Stokely Institute for Appalachian Studies; appoint and coordinate administrative committees of the University; University Liaison with the Oak Ridge Operations Office of the Department of Energy; represent the University in Consortium of Research Institutions (comprising UTK, TVA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Operations Office of the Department of Energy); and Coordinator of the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory-TVA Consortium.


Visiting Professor of English Literature, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou, China.

1975 – 1988:

Lecturer, English Literature
The University of Tennessee

Taught nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry and fiction at the University of Tennessee, two courses annually.

1975 – 1979:

Assistant to the Chancellor
The University of Tennessee

Special Projects included:
Revision of University Personnel Policies and Procedures; revision of University Appeal Procedures; development of Pre-Medical Enrichment Institute for Disadvantaged Students; development of College of Law Admission by Performance Institute for Disadvantaged Students; coordination of Faculty Handbook revisions; Chair of the Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance; Vice-chair of the Search Committee for Provost; development of organizational and financial plan to comply with Title IX (women’s athletics); and analysis of institutional investment ethics, with particular reference to investment in South Africa, and draft of statement of principles for institutional investments.

1972 – 1975:

Executive Director, Florida Endowment for the Humanities,
The Florida Division of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ State Program

Primary responsibilities:
Administration of federal, state and private grant funds for public programs in humanities; administration of grants to 57 institutions of higher education and public organizations; and representation of the Board of the Florida Endowment to the public and the higher education community of Florida.


Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Florida

1971 – 1972:

Instructor of Humanities, University of Florida

Community Service

Advisory Council, Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Florida, November 2009-
Florida Holocaust Museum Leadership Council, October 2011

Appointed to the Educational Facilities Authority by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, January 2007-October 2009
Member, Florida Orchestra Board of Advisors
Member (now Director Emeritus), Board of Directors, Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida
Member, Board of Directors, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce

Professional Service

Member, AAC&U Presidents’ Trust, 2011-
Member, Board of Directors, Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU), 2011-2014
Member, Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Council of Presidents, 2008-



Ex Officio Member, The Florida Council of 100, 2008-2010
Member, NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities) Board of Trustees (2006-2008)
Chair, NAICU Tax Policy Committee (2006-2008)
Member, NAICU Tax Policy Committee (2004-2008)
Member, International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) Board (2007-2008)
President of the NCAA Division II Sunshine State Conference (2005-2007)
Member, ACE (American Council on Education) Commission on Women in Higher Education (2004-2007)

1999 – 2003:

Member, Board of Trustees, CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education)


Chair, Advisory Board for CASE Currents (Professional magazine for advancement profession)
Member, Advisory Board for CASE International Journal of Educational Advancement
Member, Society for College and University Planning


Panelist, AIR/CASE (Association for Institutional Research and Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Research Colloquium, “The New Demographics of Philanthropy” (St. Louis, MO)



Convenor and host, joint conference of AIR/CASE Research Colloquium on “Communicating Institutional Quality” (Washington, DC)
Moderator and panelist, CASE District III Annual Meeting, “Coordinating Communications and Fund-raising Programs (Atlanta, GA)

1996 – 1999:

Member, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Commission on Communications


Moderator and panelist, CASE District III Annual meeting, “The Relationship Between Development and Public Relations in Higher Education”


Panelist, AAU (Association of American Universities) Public Affairs Annual Meeting, “Race and Racial Issues in the Research University”

1989 – 1992:

Member, AAU Council on Public Affairs (representing Cornell University)

1986 – 1998:

Institutional Representative, National Association of State Colleges and Land-Grant Universities (NASULGC) International Division (representing the University of Tennessee, Cornell University and the University or Georgia)


Harvard University
Management Development Program

1968 – 1971:
University of Florida
Ph.D. in English, 1971.
Concentration in Modern and 19th-Century British and Irish Literature

The School of Irish Studies; Dublin, Ireland

1964 – 1968:
The University of Tennessee
B.A., magna cum laude

Emory University

Countries Visited

Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Finland, France, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Tibet, Turkey, Yugoslavia.

I have worked on University linkage programs with institutions in Brazil, Chile, China, England, France, Ireland, Jordan, Peru and Tunisia.

Selected Publications

2010 – Present:

  • “Private colleges can save Florida money, boost results,” St. Petersburg Times, January 4, 2011
  • “The real story about Eckerd College,” (Special to The Tampa Tribune), The Tampa Tribune, September 21, 2010
  • “Private colleges give students attention the publics can’t,” (Special to the Times), The St. Petersburg Times, March 8, 2010


  • “Low marks for higher education,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, December 28, 2008
  • “Eckerd’s bright past, future,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, November 15, 2008
  • “Lowering the drinking age: Let’s keep the dialogue open,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, August 24, 2008
  • “Postwar, a dimmed idealism,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, December 8, 2007
  • “U.S. needs to pump up its diplomatic muscles,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, November 17, 2007
  • “Resolve this: Serve others,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, June 9, 2007, p. 14A
  • “Education in the nation’s service,” (op ed), Tampa Tribune, January 7, 2007, Commentary p. 2
  • “The poetry of peace,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, December 15, 2006, p.19A
  • “Leave politics out of faculty hiring choices,” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, March 10, 2006, p. 15A
  • “Hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, September 21, 2005, p. 10A
  • “We shouldn’t confuse roles of science and faith” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, August 4, 2005, p. 15A
  • “Be wary of those who speak for God” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, April 29, 2005, p. 17A
  • “Phi Beta Kappa Award Richly Deserved” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, August 16, 2003, p. 16A
  • “State Gets Good Return On Students” (op ed), The Tampa Tribune, Saturday, May 17, 2003, Nation/World p. 19
  • “Save Higher Education Dollars” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, January 11, 2003, p. 15A
  • “What Higher Education Is For” (op ed), The St. Petersburg Times, September 14, 2002, p. A19


  • “Communicating Institutional Quality,” CASE Currents, September 1999
  • “Mergers: Business Lessons for Schools,” Georgia Trend, December 1998
  • Seven short essays in The Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal/Constitution, 1991 – 1999
  • “The Things Tenure Protects,” Georgia Trend, September 1994


  • “The Ethics of International Education: Essay, Rebuttal and Rejoinder,” The Association of International Education Journal, Summer 1989
  • “Teaching Stories: An Essay on Education and Cultural Literacy,” Soundings, Vol. LXXI, No. 4 (Winter 1988), 555-566
  • “Institutional Principles for International Education,” International Education, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Spring 1988), 8-12
  • “Educating Americans for World Citizenship,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, XXXII, No. 14 (June 4, 1986), 35
  • “The Strategies of Survival: Cybernetic Difference in The Einstein Intersection,”Extrapolation, The Journal of Science Fiction of the Modern Language Association, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Fall 1981), 270-276


  • “Time and Propriety in Far From the Madding Crowd,” Interpretations, Vol. X, No. 1 (1978), 20-33
  • “The New Profession of Letters,” Change: The Magazine of Higher Education, Vol. 10, No. 11 (December-January, 1978-79), 8-9
  • “The Academic Landscape: Beyond the Sixties,” The Graduate Magazine, (Spring 1977), 57-59
  • “The Public Use of Culture,” Southern Humanities Review, X, No. 4 (Fall 1976), 335-343
  • “Academic Professionalization,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, XII, No. 8 (April 19, 1976), 17
  • “Myth and Fate in the Characters of Women in Love,” The D. H. Lawrence Review, IX, No. 2 (Summer 1976), 177-193
  • “The Humanities: Equipment for Living,” The Colorado Quarterly, XXIV, No. 1 (Summer 1975), 5-16