Empty Classroom Brain Drain
In recent years, a growing number of professors have departed from Florida's public universities. Other states are luring them away with higher salaries, new labs, research assistants and other resources. In fact, some other state university systems have said now is a prime time to draw talented faculty away from Florida schools. When those professors move, they not only leave an empty office and empty classrooms, they also often take millions of dollars in research grants to their new home. Earlier this month, the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state's universities, approved $65 million to retain faculty and staff in its 2009-2010 budget request to stop what's being called a "brain drain." This week on Florida Matters, we talk about the impacts of that brain drain and how to stop it.

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Nancy Eckerd Hart and Tom Denham Nancy Eckerd Hart and Tom Denham
By the time Nancy Eckerd was a child in the 1960's her father Jack had moved the family to Florida so he could operate the 3 drug stores he had purchased in the late 50's. After expanding from those three stores to a regional chain, he read about and later visited a youth camp in Texas and set out to create a similar program to benefit the troubled youth of Florida. Forty years later, after expansion now covering nine different states and developing seven unique youth programs, the Eckerd name is now just as associated with philanthropy as it was originally associated with the retail drug store business. Nancy talked with Tom Denham about her experiences growing up in the Eckerd household and how she's working to keep the family's vision a reality.

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