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Historic photo of Ponce Hall circa 1960s

Leslee Keys, Ph.D.

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Description of Research

Flagler College
Visiting Scholar, Academic Affairs, Research Associate

Leslee Keys extends her 20 years as a faculty member with Flagler College as a Visiting Scholar for a National Park Service initiative, “Castillo de San Marcos: Interpreting Tribal Heritage at Fort Marion.” She serves as a Trustee Emerita of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and a member of the UF Historic Preservation Board of Advocates.

In 2016 she received UF’s Distinguished Alumni in Historic Preservation award. In 2015, she received the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education and from the HSARI, the William L. Proctor book award for Hotel Ponce de Leon: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Flagler’s Gilded Age Palace (University of Florida Press, 2015).

She graduated in History, Pre-Law and Political Science from the Honors College at Ball State University, completed a M.A. in History program with honors from the College of Arts and Sciences at Virginia Tech, and received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the College of Architecture, also at Virginia Tech. She completed a Doctorate in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida. She serves as guest faculty at Preservation Institute: Nantucket and, for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, is a trainer for the Commissions Assistance and Mentoring Program. In 1992 Dr. Keys qualified as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.