Originally Florida Presbyterian College, Eckerd began on Bayboro Harbor in Downtown St. Petersburg with 155 freshmen and a faculty of 22.
Classes began on Sept. 6, 1960, and the current campus on Boca Ciega Bay opened a year later. After a generous donation from drugstore magnate Jack Eckerd, the college took his name in 1972. Ten years later, the now-widely recognized Marine Science major was established. Today, Eckerd College is an innovative liberal arts college under the Presbyterian Church. Its majors range from French to East Asian Studies to International Relations & Global Affairs. The waterfront campus boasts successful sailing and volleyball teams, and maintains regular maintenance and conservation of the bay.
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As a liberal arts college, Eckerd offers a variety of majors and a variety of experiences. Students take classes across several subjects over the course of their education and have opportunities like traveling abroad, Peace Corps preparation, and individual faculty coaches. The college focuses on fostering community engagement and contribute thousands of hours annually to local nonprofits. It works towards conservation efforts in the bay and other surrounding natural areas. Eckerd College works to make an impact, both in the lives of its students and the surrounding community.
Core values/mission statement
"The mission of Eckerd College is to provide excellent, innovative undergraduate liberal arts education and lifelong learning programs in the unique Florida environment, within the context of a covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)."
Dr. Donald R. Eastman III became president of Eckerd College in 2001. He received his Doctorate from the University of Florida. Prior to beginning his presidency at Eckerd, Dr. Eastman was the Executive Director of University Communications at Cornell University and the Vice President for University Relations at the University of Georgia.