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Pollard Hall Campaign

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Tracy Halcomb, Ph.D.,
Professor and Chair,
Communication Department


"With every step of construction, we are watching history unfold at Flagler College. Alumni have asked me for years how they can give back to the Communication Department and Flagler College. Pollard Hall is my answer."

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Lois Goh, '13
Communication Major


"Flagler's unique communication curriculum is an effective blend of theory and practice. My professors continue to challenge me by showing me that my words matter and that having a clear message is the cornerstone of any strong communication foundation."

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Joe Wolf, '07
Communication Alumnus,
Account Executive,
The Dalton Agency


"One of the things that really helped me launch my career was the fact that Flagler offered such hands-on learning. I was involved in real-world professional experiences before I even graduated. That was invaluable."

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Peter and Sue Freytag


Palm Coast residents Peter and Sue Freytag have made the first major gift to Pollard Hall, an IRA rollover donation of $100,000 to name the Cordova Courtyard. "We are very impressed with what Flagler College has done in its short history," Peter said. "I think people don't realize how unique this College is. The outreach that the school has is remarkable, and the personal charisma and warmth of the College community is very special."


31 Cordova Street Rendering

One-to-One Match Gift Opportunities

Estimated cost: $7,000,000

Pollard Hall Naming OpportunityMinimum Gift RequirementOpportunities RemainingKenan Trust ContributionDonor Contribution
West Building$800,0001$400,000$400,000
East Building$700,0001$350,000$350,000
South Building$600,000COMMITTED$300,000$300,000
TV Studio$500,0001$250,000$250,000
Commons Lounge Area$300,000COMMITTED$150,000$150,000
Cuna Courtyard$200,000COMMITTED$100,000$100,000
Cordova Courtyard$200,000COMMITTED$100,000$100,000
Cuna Roof Deck$100,000COMMITTED$50,000$50,000
Historic Minorcan Well$100,000COMMITTED$50,000$50,000
TV Control Room$80,0001$40,000$40,000
Cordova Roof Deck$70,0001$35,000$35,000
Large Classroom (7)$70,0006$35,000$35,000
Cordova Covered Loggia$70,0001$35,000$35,000
Cuna Covered Loggia$60,000COMMITTED$30,000$30,000
Lobby (2)$60,0002$30,000$30,000
Small Classroom (2)$50,0002$25,000$25,000
Cuna Entry Garden$40,000COMMITTED$20,000$20,000
Large Study Alcove$40,000COMMITTED$20,000$20,000
Office (5)$30,0005$15,000$15,000
Cordova Entry Garden (2)$30,000COMMITTED$15,000$15,000
Small Study Alcove (2)$20,000COMMITTED$10,000$10,000
Flagler Corner (30)$20,00028$10,000$10,000
Recognition Wall (30)$10,00018$5,000$5,000

* Gifts may be pledged over 5 years. * Chart is accurate as of April 17, 2014

Pollard Hall — A New Academic Hub

A history-making building. A history-making opportunity. Flagler College is celebrating a milestone—the construction of Pollard Hall, Flagler's first new academic structure since the Proctor Library was built in 1996. The new classroom building will replace the Communication building at 31 Cordova Street that has been in use since 1989. Pollard Hall will house Flagler's Communication Department and will also serve other academic departments.

Mr. Nelson "Skeeter" Pollard, who was part of Flagler College's inaugural co-educational class of 1971, provided the lead gift to name the new academic building, continuing his family's legacy of support for Flagler College and St. Augustine. Mr. Pollard is the son of the late Molly Lewis Wiley. Molly and her brother Lawrence Lewis, Jr., who was instrumental in founding Flagler College, grew up in St. Augustine and were generous benefactors. Mr. Pollard's brother, Lewis "Punch" Pollard, has served on the Flagler College Board of Trustees since 1999.

Following Nelson Pollard's lead gift, Flagler College received a $1.5 million challenge grant from William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. This grant, which requires a one-to-one match for fulfillment, provides an unprecedented opportunity for naming rights for Pollard Hall at half the minimum gift levels of other campaigns.

Community Impact

Pollard Hall will help Flagler College fulfill its commitment of making valuable contributions to St. Augustine, St. Johns County, and Northeast Florida. A recent study demonstrated that Flagler's economic impact on the First Coast is $218 million annually. The College's 32 student clubs and organizations participate in programs that help local children, seniors, the homeless, and many other community groups. By providing new classrooms and meeting spaces, Pollard Hall will support and expand Flagler College's positive community influence.

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The Need

Flagler College ranks as one of the nation's most beautiful college campuses — the College has received more than a dozen state and national awards recognizing the architecture and historic significance of its buildings. From the Hotel Ponce de Leon, a National Historic Landmark, now known as Ponce de Leon Hall, to the newest building, Hanke Hall, the campus reflects St. Augustine's unique multicultural heritage.

Steady enrollment growth combined with specialized needs for teaching and implementation of new technologies and learning styles has created an urgent need for additional classroom space. Pollard Hall will provide nine new classrooms to meet this critical challenge. The building will offer classroom space to a wide range of disciplines and will replace an 800-square-foot structure that was insufficient for the needs of our students. Pollard Hall will also have multiple common areas where students will engage in dynamic programs and events.

Despite the challenge of limited facilities, Flagler College Communication graduates are well-prepared to pursue careers with local and national advertising and public relations firms. Many are employed by prestigious media organizations including Sports Illustrated, MTV, Dateline NBC, and World News Tonight. This state-of-the-art facility will help prepare our students for the most current demands of their professions.

The Plan

Pollard Hall will comprise 18,600 square feet in three two-story structures, all connected by a one-story building that will be used as a common area for students and faculty. The architectural design will reflect the First and Second Spanish Periods.

Construction of Pollard Hall, which is now underway, is scheduled for completion by fall 2014. When finished, the academic complex will include nine classrooms, five offices, a television studio, and multiple common areas.

Pollard Hall TV Studio

Your Opportunity Is Now

The longstanding relationship between Flagler College and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has created an unprecedented opportunity in the history of the College. The Kenan Trust will match dollar-for-dollar every gift made to Pollard Hall, up to $1.5 million. This unique challenge gives you the rare opportunity to name an office, classroom, or building for half of the normal donation.

For example, the naming opportunity for a large classroom requires a minimum gift of $70,000. Under the Kenan Challenge, your gift of $35,000 will be matched with $35,000 from the Kenan Trust, allowing you to name a classroom and establish a legacy at Flagler College. This visionary incentive will enable many friends of Flagler to make their first name gift.

Secure your Naming Opportunity

To secure your naming opportunity, please complete the attached form today!

Statement of Intent

More Information

For more information contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at (904) 819-6437.


COM Demolition

Video by Josh Wallace 

Pollard Hall Timelapse. October 16 - May 20

Pollard Hall Timelapse from Josh Wallace on.

Andrew Bernius "I'm In Are You?"

Olson Rogers "I'm In Are You?"


Renderings & Floor Plans

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