Eckerd College names new president
November 18, 2019 - Damian Fernandez, chancellor of The Pennsylvania State University-Abington College, was named president of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Fernandez, who will assume office on July 1, 2020, succeeds Donald Eastman, who announced his retirement last February. Eckerd's presidential search committee reviewed more than 200 applications for the position. Fernandez is a Cuban immigrant who grew up in Puerto Rico and has more than 30 years of higher education experience in the classroom and in administration, a news release said.