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.

To Protect and Serve

Flagler diplomas are a common sight among law enforcement, government and fire services throughout NE Florida and especially St. Augustine. In 2003, Flagler College established a Public Administration Program (PAD). It offers classes leading to a Bachelor’s Degree for police officers, fire fighters and other government workers. At the time, the only options available to law enforcement professionals were online degree programs. Over the years, graduates of the Flagler PAD program advanced in their careers and went on to earn graduate degrees and recognition for excellence in their fields. St. Augustine Beach Chief of Police Robert A. Hardwick, Director of St. Johns County Emergency Management Linda Stoughton and St. Johns County Fire Chief Carl Shank are just a few of the many dedicated graduates of our program. In 2018, the number of graduates totaled more than 600. More than 70 program graduates are among Sheriff David Shoar’s deputy officers. Dr. Joel Bolante, Sheriff Shoar’s former Undersheriff, was appointed Flagler College’s PAD Administrator in 2018.