ST. PETERSBURG — The newest building at Eckerd College will be named the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences in recognition of an unspecified "substantial" gift from philanthropists Tom and Mary James.
The 55,000-square-foot science building, the centerpiece of the college's $83 million comprehensive campaign, is scheduled to open on Jan. 31. The Jameses' contribution enabled Eckerd to surpass its original goal of $30 million, raising $35 million for the new science building and to renovate existing science facilities, the college said in a statement.
Tom James, executive chairman of Raymond James Financial and chairman of Raymond James & Associates, was RJF's chief executive from 1970 until 2010. The couple also established a finance professorship and 320 scholarships at Eckerd through the Robert A. James Memorial Endowed Scholarship and the Raymond James & Associates Annual Scholarship.
They have been big contributors to St. Petersburg's Dalí Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Bayfront Medical Center.