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Historic photo of Ponce Hall circa 1960s

Leslee Keys, Ph.D.

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Description of Research

Flagler College
Assistant Professor in History, Director of Historic Preservation, Research Associate

Leslee Keys is an Assistant Professor in history and Director of Historic Preservation at Flagler College. She serves on the board of trustees of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce’s Historic St. Augustine Area Council, is Flagler College’s representative to the St. Augustine Sister Cities organization, oversees management of the college’s fine and decorative arts collection, and is the faculty representative to the college’s 50th Anniversary celebration. In 2015 she received the inaugural Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and in 2016 she was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service and Professional Development at Flagler College.  She is the recipient of a William L. Proctor book award from the HSARI 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 Ball State University, completed a master’s program in history from Virginia Tech, and received a master of urban and regional planning degree from the same university. In 2013 she completed a doctorate in historic preservation from the University of Florida. In 1992 Ms. Keys qualified as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.  She is the author of several publications and has served as guest faculty at Preservation Institute: Nantucket.