FSC to Dedicate Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health, Lamar Louise Curry Education Building


Florida Southern President Dr. Anne Kerr and the College’s Board of Trustees will dedicate the new Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health and the new Lamar Louise Curry Education Building on Feb. 21.

The Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health will house a unique interdisciplinary program that brings together the resources of the School of Education and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to study how education and health affect each other in early childhood. The addition of a new Community Resources Studio will provide services and educational training for Polk County’s families, teachers, and members of the healthcare community to ensure successful early-learning outcomes for children in our community.

The Center is named in honor of Dr. Carol Jenkins Barnett of the Class of ’79, daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George W. Jenkins. Her husband, Dr. Barney Barnett of the Class of ’65, is a Florida Southern College Trustee.

As the new home for FSC’s School of Education, the Lamar Louise Curry Education Building will provide additional opportunities for ongoing collaboration among all Education programs with a continued emphasis on the clinical education of pre-service teachers. The building’s state-of-the-art facilities and its proximity to both the Barnett Center and Roberts Academy will give Education majors greater access to practice their skills hands-on with preschool students from age three through the elementary and middle-grade classes at Roberts Academy.

The Curry Education Building is named in honor of Miss Lamar Louise Curry ’27, a longtime Florida educator who taught U.S. history for 35 years in Miami-Dade County Schools. Miss Curry died in 2012 at the age of 105.


Carol Jenkins Barnett Center for Early Childhood Learning and Health,
Lamar Louise Curry Education Building

WHEN: 12 noon, February 21

WHERE: 1040 Frank Lloyd Wright Way, Lakeland

A press release about the dedication will be issued after the event. The dedication is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to attend. If you wish to attend the event, please contact Rebecca Paul-Martin at 863-680-4735 or rpaul@flsouthern.edu.


About Florida Southern College

Founded in 1883, Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 70+ undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physical therapy. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio; is an award-winning national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 30 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked among the top 10 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report; and is included in The Princeton Review’s 385 Best Colleges, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018, and Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges Guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make a positive, consequential impact on society. FSC is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa. FSC is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012. Named the “Most Beautiful Campus in the Nation” for two consecutive years by The Princeton Review and one of the nation’s “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, Florida Southern is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and academic excellence.