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Leslee Keys: Faculty and Staff

Student Testimonial: Emily Youngman

Whether it is the quality of academic programming, the beauty of our campus and setting, or the unparalleled value we afford students and families, Flagler College has been recognized as among the best in the nation.
Leslee F Keys
Instruction in History, Director of Historic Preservation,


First Year Advisor

Research, Professional and Creative Activity:

  • 2011 Gainter Fund scholarship for Preservation Institute:  Nantucket, University of Florida
  • 2013 Joy McCann Foundation grant co-recipient
  • 2013 Co-author with Dr. Tom Graham Flagler College’s commemorative book, Hotel Ponce de Leon:  The Architecture and Decoration

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 Immediate 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 is the College's 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
  • Women in American History
  • American Architectural History
  • Historic Preservation
  • Applied Preservation Materials and Technology
  • Neighborhood Conservation
  • Preservation Institute:  St. Augustine