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Leslee Keys: Faculty and Staff

Leslee F Keys
Assistant Professor, Director of Historic Preservation,


First Year Advisor

Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

  • 2009-2013 Flagler College Staff Development Fund grant awards
  • 2011 Gainter Fund scholarship for Preservation Institute:  Nantucket, University of Florida
  • 2013 Joy McCann Foundation Community Enrichment Grant co-recipient for Public Archaeology in St. Augustine
  • 2013 Co-author with Dr. Tom Graham Flagler College’s commemorative book, Hotel Ponce de Leon:  The Architecture and Decoration
  • 2014 Historic Preservation Education Award for Hotel Ponce de Leon book - Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2015 St. Augustine Foundation, Publication Grant
  • 2015 Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and St. Augustine Foundation Research Grant: Kenan Women in St. Augustine
  • 2015  Roy Eugene Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education, inaugural award - Florida Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2015  Hotel Ponce de Leon:  The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace, University Press of Florida
  • 2015  St. Augustine America’s First City:  A Story of Unbroken History & Enduring Spirit, associate editor
  • 2016  Dean's Award for Excellence in Service and Professional Development
  • 2016  William L. Proctor Best Book on St. Augustine for 2015, inaugural award - Historic St. Augustine Research Institute
  • 2016  Distinguished Alumni in Historic Preservation, inaugural award - University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning

Professional Profile:

In 1976 Dr. Keys graduated with honors from Ball State University. In 1977 she completed a master’s program in history and in 1983 a master’s program in urban and regional planning, both from Virginia Tech. In 2013 she received a doctoral degree in historic preservation from the University of Florida. In 1992 she qualified for the American Institute of Certified Planners.  She served as adjunct faculty at Flagler College from 2002-2012 and prior to that at Florida State College at Jacksonville, the University of Louisville, and Barry University.

Dr. Keys oversees historic preservation activities on the Flagler College campus and is the faculty liaison to the Trustees’ Ad Hoc Art Committee where she is responsible for the College’s fine and decorative arts collection.  She assists the Office of Institutional Advancement with grant writing, implementation, and administration. Also, she implements donor recognition programs for college programs other than athletics.

She served on the Hotel Ponce de Leon 125th Anniversary committee, is currently the Faculty Senate representative to the St. Augustine Town and Gown Task Force and the Flagler College 50th Anniversary Steering Committee, is a Past President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, is Immediate Past President of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce's Historic St. Augustine Area Council, and served the College as representative to the State of Florida for the Viva Florida 500 commemoration, the St. Augustine Sister Cities organization, the St. Augustine-Baracoa Friendship Association, and the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration.

Teaching and Related Service:

Courses taught and/or developed

• American History to 1877
• American History Since 1877
• Historic St. Augustine
• History of Florida
• Women in American History
• American Architectural History
• Historic Preservation
• Applied Preservation Materials and Technology
• Neighborhood Conservation
• Preservation Institute:  St. Augustine