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.

Milestone Maker I

Taking on the presidency of Flagler College in 1971, Dr. William L. Proctor presided over the transformation of a little-known women’s college on the brink of academic ruin and financial collapse, to an institution ranked among the top tier of private, liberal arts and pre-professional colleges in the south. In 1971, Flagler College had yet to grant a single degree, had an enrollment of 160 students, and its prospects for survival seemed dim. There were more applicants for the president’s position than the 23 students who applied for admission to the college. Dr. Proctor’s most enduring legacy is greater than bricks and mortar, ratings and rankings and dollars. It is found in the lives of the more than 18,000 men and women who are Flagler alumni, and the many thousands more who will graduate in the years ahead.