Leslee F. Keys
Leslee F. Keys, Ph.D.
Director of Historic Preservation and Special Initiatives
Assistant Professor in History
Leslee Keys has almost 40 years of professional governmental and non-profit experience in historic preservation in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. She is familiar with weather events, particularly in Florida, as she worked for the Florida Division of Historical Resources after Hurricane Andrew assisting in the documentation and recovery of historic and archaeological properties in the Florida Keys. Most recently, she assisted with the FEMA documentation in St. Augustine after Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. She is the author of several publications on historic architecture, preservation and history. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history, pre-law and political science from Ball Sate University. She completed a master’s program in history and received a master of urban and regional planning degree, both from Virginia Tech. She received a doctoral degree in historic preservation from the University of Florida in 2013 and the first Distinguished Alumni Award in Historic Preservation in 2016. In 2015 she received the inaugural Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service and Professional Development from Flagler College.