Mr. Doug Nerland Receives Royal Palm Dedication
At the conclusion of the College’s final chapel service of the year, the yearbook staff dedicated this year’s Royal Palm to Mr. Doug Nerland.
Doug, a native of Canada, attended Florida College from 1972–1974, and later returned home. When the need arose in the Development Office, he once again moved to Florida to assist. He first assumed the title of Director of Planned Giving, and then became Director of Development in September 2004. This January, after ten years at Florida College, he has transitioned back into the business world, and his colleague Mr. David Curry has taken the reins. However, Doug continues his involvement with the Development Office by now serving as Special Assistant to the President for Development in addition to his new work elsewhere.
Fifteen new Endowed Scholarships or funds have been established in the last decade, generating more than $39,000 in scholarships or other funds each year.
He helmed the “Score for the Floor” project, replacing the gym floor and add other improvements (over $100,000), guided the purchase of the Earl Robertson Library Collection ($110,000), campaigned for the renovation of Dicus Hall into faculty offices and classrooms (over $125,000), assisted in planning stages of the Akin Project (over $600,000 raised to date), and in the largest capital improvement project in the history of Florida College—Boswell & Terrace Halls — Mr. Nerland oversaw fundraising for project totaling $18 million.
Under Doug’s direction, the Development Office has assisted a total of 922 Adopt students. For many students, attending Florida College would be impossible without this effort. Some students were in the Adopt program as many as four years which translates to 1,466 Adopt awards over that time. The grand total of Adopt money raised from generous donors under his supervision over the past ten years is $5.5 million.
Mr. Doug Nerland’s passion for Florida College and its students embodies the servant mentality so many are known for on this campus. It comes as no surprise that such a dedicated servant would avoid the spotlight; however, it is our privilege to draw back the curtain and take a moment to thank “the Wizard” for his tireless work on the College’s behalf. Without the essential work of his office, this school could not continue.
We thank Mr. Doug Nerland and his wife Brenda for the invaluable contributions made to Florida College and our lives.