Donald R. Eastman III

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Dr. Donald Eastman
President of Eckerd College
In office
2001 – current
Preceded by Eugene Hotchkiss
Succeeded by N/A
Personal details
Alma mater University of Florida
University of Tennessee

Donald R. Eastman III is the current President of Eckerd College.


Eastman enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1963, but soon transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968. his Doctorate from the University of Florida, and also attended Harvard University. While an undergraduate at Emory, he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and he continued his active membership in the Fraternity while at Tennessee.[1][2]


From 1989 - 1990 he was the Executive Director of University Communications at Cornell University. From 1991 - 1998 he served as the Vice President for University Relations at the University of Georgia. In 2001 he became the President of Eckerd College.[3]


While Eastman was President of Eckerd College, the institution was warned that it might lose its accreditation,[4] concerns over increased drug abuse arose,[5] and Eastman himself was criticized for insensitive remarks regarding rape.[6][7] During his tenure as president, students staged numerous protests to lobby the administration to provide its housekeepers with a living wage above the existing $17,000 a year salary but were repeatedly denied.[8][9][10] Eastman earned $653,262 annually in 2012.[11]


  1. ^ The Campus. Atlanta, GA: Emory University. 1964. p. 364. 
  2. ^ The Volunteer. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee. 1965. pp. 248–249. 
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  4. ^ COLAVECCHIO-VAN SICKLER, Shannon. "Eckerd warned it could lose accreditation". Tampa Bay Times. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Nipps, Emily. "List ranks Eckerd College among America's "druggiest."". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Svokos, Alexandra (25 November 2014). "Eckerd College President: You Can Stop Rape By Not Drinking Or Having Casual Sex". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Gartner, Lisa (24 November 2014). "Eckerd president blames college sexual assaults on excess drinking, casual sex". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Tampa Tribune, Tampa Tribune. "Eckerd College student group protests facilities workers' pay.". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  9. ^ Anton, Leonora. "An Eckerd College grad and a janitor find common ground". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Young, Teresa. "Students protest for higher housekeeper wages". Eckerd College. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  11. ^ Chronicle of Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education. "Executive Compensation and Private Colleges". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 30 December 2014.