The Story Of Flagler College’s First 50 Years Told Through The People, Places And Things That Shaped It

Each of the 50 people, places and things that we selected represent a major milestone in the development of Flagler College. Our selections include the expected and the unexpected, ordinary, everyday objects and the extraordinary people that helped us turn nouns into verbs and change lives. Together, they tell our story. But it is not the complete story. Like all milestones, they indicate how far we have come. They do not measure the thousands of stepping stones, those everyday moments, the hard work and dedication, that got us to those key celebrated moments in our rich history.

In Kenan We Trust

The Kenan name has been synonymous with Flagler since the College’s founding. In 1981, Kenan Hall became the principal academic building on the Flagler College campus. This was the most significant milestone in the academic development of the College. William Rand Kenan, Jr. was director of Henry Flagler’s railroad and hotel companies, and beginning in 1924 managed the Flagler System. During Kenan’s final decade, he turned over responsibility for the business to his great nephew, Lawrence Lewis Jr. In 1966, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust was established. The foundation has provided over $20 million in gifts to Flagler College. This past year, four Flagler professors were selected as recipients of the College’s Kenan Distinguished Professorships –endowed positions that recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. These professors are: Dr. Michael Butler, Mr. Patrick Moser, Dr. Allison Roberts and Dr. John Young.