In the late 1980s, Florida Southern College began updating and replacing old dormitories to match the needs and desires of the students occupying them. The first in the series in this period of renewal for the College was the William M. Hollis Family Hall, located south of Duke Place between Harvard Road and Columbia Way. Hollis Hall was dedicated on January 24, 1987 and is a mirror to the later Dell Hall. This hall typically houses both male and female upper-level students on separate floors. The hall was named for donor William Mercer Hollis, former Vice President of Publix, and his family: his wife Nina, his daughter Trustee Dr. Marjorie Hollis Roberts, and his sons William Hollis, Jr. and Mark Clayton Hollis, Sr.