President:  Bill Parsons

Bill Parsons was Professor of History and Russian Studies at Eckerd College for 40 years before he retired.  Two of his favorite courses at Eckerd were “Russian Cultural History”, and “The History of the Two St. Petersburgs”.  Professor Parsons has led student groups to Russia and the Soviet Union several times and spent the academic year 1981-82 at Leningrad State University.  He has been keenly interested in the story of Peter Demens, the Russian founder of St. Petersburg, Florida, and the relations between the two St. Petersburg, and he has created an archive at USFSP on this topic. Bill Church.5