The Nell Eurich Society recognizes donors who have made contributions to the foundation for at least five consecutive years.
In 2008 the New College Foundation inaugurated The Nell Eurich Society in honor of longtime champion of the College and former Trustee, Nell Eurich Lazarus. The Nell Eurich Society recognizes donors who have made contributions to the foundation for at least five consecutive years. Eurich Lazurs’ own name was at the top of a list of more than 275 donors as she gave for 43 consecutive years.
A lifetime teacher, administrator and consultant on academic affairs, Eurich Lazarus’ contributions to New College are profound and date back to 1962, when she joined an advisory committee to help design the curriculum for the school, which was at the time still under development. The following year she became the first woman to serve on the New College Board of Trustees. She continued to serve the College as a trustee, first on the New College Board and later on the Board for the New College Foundation, until the time of her death. In 2001, she was honored by New College with a special proclamation in recognition of her many years of devoted service to the College.
In addition to her support as a trustee, Eurich Lazarus twice served new College as its interim president. In 1965 she bridged the gap between the presidencies of George Baughman and John Elmendorf; and in 1975, when the College joined the State University System in relationship with the University of South Florida, she served as interim president of the New College Foundation.