Dr. Leslee F. Keys, Assistant Professor of History and Director of Historic Preservation and Special Initiatives at Flagler College, has been elected to the 21-member Board of Trustees of the United States chapter of the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS). She is the member representing Florida, and one of four newly-elected trustees.
Founded in 1965, US/ICOMOS is the single professional preservation organization in the US with an international emphasis, enabling participation in worldwide heritage conservation. US/ICOMOS promotes strong ties between national, regional, private, and governmental organizations within the U.S. and the international preservation community.
Keys stated, “I am honored to be elected to the US/ICOMOS board of trustees. This opportunity builds on my previous board service at the local, state and national levels and provides an opportunity to promote the heritage of Flagler College and St. Augustine. More importantly, Flagler College is building its international programs, and a relationship with US/ICOMOS and this network of professionals can foster opportunities to inspire the next generation of scholars to serve as stewards for international cultural resources.”
Keys has been an employee of the College since 2005, after three years as an adjunct faculty member. Before joining the Department of Humanities faculty in 2012, she served as the director of corporate, foundation and government relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. She has been involved in historic preservation in Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. She has served as guest faculty for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and UF’s Preservation Institute: Nantucket, and is the author/editor of five books on history and preservation.