Spivey Society Reception

Spivey Society


Honoring a Legacy of Transformational Leadership

Florida Southern’s legendary president from 1925 to 1957, Dr. Ludd M. Spivey revolutionized a struggling school into the modern educational institution that today is Florida Southern College.

His charismatic leadership increased student enrollment and inspired hundreds of alumni and friends to believe and invest in the College, rescuing it from near closure during the Great Depression.

Dr. Spivey continued to strengthen the College’s fiscal foundation while defining its progressive educational mission and goals, solidifying the College’s relationship with the United Methodist Church and inviting the foremost American-born architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to build a “great education temple” on the shores of beautiful Lake Hollingsworth. Dr. Spivey’s courage, vision, and guidance initiated Florida Southern’s development into an institution that today is a world renowned National Historic Landmark, rich in culture and beauty, and recognized nationally as a vibrant, award-winning engaged learning community.

Established in 2002 to honor Dr. Spivey, the Spivey Society is a recognition society for donors who make annual leadership gifts to the College. Each year, gifts from members ensure that the dynamic vision of Dr. Spivey is preserved and strengthened. Investments made by Spivey Society members have a transformational effect on the College’s annual fundraising program, which advances the mission of the College and supports the ambitions and achievements of thousands of gifted, service-minded students dedicated to making significant contributions to our local and global society.

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Florida Southern College
Advancement Office

111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801-5698
Tel: (863) 680-3094
Fax: (863) 680-4112

The Inspirational Philanthropy
of the Spivey Society

Each and every day, meaningful contributions from Spivey Society members touch the lives of thousands of students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Most notably, the important investments made by the Spivey Society sustain key fundamentals of the College’s mission. Leadership gifts made by Spivey Society members help Florida Southern College to:

  • Advance an innovative engaged-learning focus
  • Create a beautiful and energetic campus environment
  • Fund scholarships, student life programs, and new academic initiatives
  • Instill in students a core of intellectual, physical, and spiritual, strength
  • Support faculty professional development, library acquisitions, and technology upgrades
  • Inspire service-learning, community involvement, and social responsibility
  • Sustain Moccasin athletic prominence
  • Increase student-faculty research and collaboration
  • Offer fine arts, lecture series, and educational symposiums to the community.
  • Protect a National Historic Landmark with preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture
  • Provide students with an excellent educational preparation to lead successful, productive lives

Your Gifts Make a Difference

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Belong to a Group
of Visionary Leaders

You are invited to become a member of the Spivey Society and join others who share Dr. Spivey’s indomitable belief in Florida Southern College.

As a Spivey Society member, you will receive periodic updates on campus developments, invitations to College events, and special recognition in the annual Partners in Excellence Honor Roll.

Most important, you will be making a positive difference in students’ lives while helping secure Florida Southern’s place among the nation’s premier private colleges.

Membership in the Spivey Society is extended to donors who contribute gifts of $1,000 or more to the Florida Southern College Annual Fund in the College’s fiscal year (June 1 to May 31). Corporations and businesses that contribute a leadership gift to the Annual Fund also will become members of the Corporate Council of the Spivey Society. Alumni who have yet to celebrate a 10th reunion, as well as faculty and staff of the College, become members at a discount of one-half the gift level amount.

Giving opportunities have been expanded to include unique programs like the Founders’ Circle, which commemorates Florida Southern’s founding year in 1885, and the Spivey Scholars Circle, which allows donors to experience personally the effect their scholarship support has on students’ lives. Donors will receive information about a deserving Florida Southern College scholarship recipient, a chance to meet the student, and a letter of thanks from that student.

You belong in this group of extraordinary alumni, community, business, and campus leaders who believe in the mission of Florida Southern College and whose support honors the leadership of a brilliant visionary. Please join the Spivey Society today by making a Member-level gift, or contribute at one of the esteemed Circle levels, which offer new traditions for consequential Spivey Society philanthropy.

Photo of Dr. Ludd Spivey, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and Publix founder George W. Jenkins share an historic moment at Florida Southern.

Dr. Ludd Spivey (left), architect Frank Lloyd Wright (center), and Publix founder George W. Jenkins (right) share an historic moment at Florida Southern.

Annual Membership
Gift Levels

Golden Ring *
Graduates of the Last Decade
$500 - $999
Member $1000 - $1,884
Founders’ Circle

$1,885 - $2,999

Sustainers’ Circle $3,000 - $4,999
Spivey Scholars Circle $3,000 or more designated for Spivey Scholars
President’s Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Chancellor’s Circle $10,000 - $24,999
Trustee’s Circle $25,000 and above

* Graduates of the last decade may join at the Golden Ring level

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