Flagler College

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Flagler College
TypePrivate, liberal arts
Established1968; 56 years ago (1968)
Endowment$69.0 million (2020)[1]
ChancellorWilliam L. Proctor
PresidentJohn A. Delaney
CampusSuburban, 19 acres (7.7 ha)
ColorsCrimson & Gold
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IIPeach Belt

Flagler College is a private liberal arts college in St. Augustine, Florida. It was founded in 1968 and offers 37 undergraduate majors and two master's programs.[3] It also has a campus in Tallahassee.


A statue of Henry Flagler, who constructed the Ponce de Leon Hotel, stands guard at the King Street entry to Flagler College.

Founded in 1968, the campus comprises 19 acres (77,000 m2), the centerpiece of which is the Ponce de León Hotel, built in 1888 as a luxury hotel. The architects were John Carrere and Thomas Hastings, working for Henry Morrison Flagler, the industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer. It is now listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Lawrence Lewis Jr., was the driving force behind Flagler's development. It was his vision to create a small, private liberal arts college on the old hotel grounds. Lewis was Chairman of Flagler's board of trustees for more than 20 years, guiding the college through a reorganization in 1971. He directed millions of dollars through foundations, family and personal funds into new construction, restoration projects, endowment and various other programs to ensure Flager's continued success. Lewis was related to Henry Flagler through his mother, Louise Wise Lewis Francis, who was the niece of Mary Lily Kenan Flagler, who married Henry Flagler in 1901 making him Lewis' great uncle.[4]

In February 2014, the college's vice president of enrollment management[who?] resigned after it was determined that he had been altering student test scores, GPAs, and student rankings to enhance the college's image, standing, and reputation.[5] The college hired a Jacksonville law firm to investigate.[6] The report indicated that the college had been reporting false information since 2004 to various organizations, including the U.S. Department of Education and various ranking organizations.[7]

Flagler College has received many top state and national rankings over the years. In 2022, Veranda named the campus "One of the Most Beautiful College Campuses Around the World," and mentioned its palatial, renovated ballroom with walls of original Tiffany stained glass windows. The ballroom now serves as the dining hall for students. The same year, Architectural Digest mentioned its buildings in "One of the 8 Most Unexpected Places to See World-Class Architecture in the U.S." In 2024, U.S. News and World Report named it #2 in Most Innovative Schools, #3 Best Regional Colleges in the South, #5 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, and #14 in Best Value Schools.

The college has continued to enlarge and enhance its campus, adding the Brown Innovation Center (BIC), the Learning Resource Center, and the Deagan Archeology Lab.

Proctor Library[edit]

Proctor Library

The Proctor Library, located at 44 Sevilla Street in the northwest corner of campus, is Flagler's sole library facility. It is named after William L. Proctor, Flagler's chancellor, who was president of the college from 1971 until 2001. Like many of the historic buildings on campus, the Proctor Library's architectural design reflects the Gilded Age style popular during the time of Henry Flagler's construction of the Ponce de León Hotel in 1888. The Proctor Library was built in 1996, replacing the demolished home of artist Felix de Crano, which had been the last classic Shingle Style house in St. Augustine.[8]

The library's collection contains approximately 102,047 printed volumes, 212,689 electronic books, 4,180 audiovisual items, 630 periodicals, and 5 newspapers, as well as almost 44,000 full-text electronic periodicals and 50 online databases.[9] Proctor Library also contains three collections: Digital Collections, Flagler College Archives, and Special Collections.[10] Access to, and the use of, the Proctor Library is limited to Flagler College students, faculty, and staff, and is not open to the general public without a written request.[11] Proctor Library Digital Collections, however, is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.[10] St. Augustine Fiction is a collecting focus of the library in collaboration with the St. Augustine Historical Society.[12]

Student life[edit]


Flagler offers membership in fraternity, sororities, honor societies and almost 50 clubs and student organizations.[13]


The Gargoyle is the college's student-run newspaper. In 2010, it went online-only.[14] At the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Region 3 awards, The Gargoyle took first place for best independent online publication and first places for editor Michael Newberger in online opinion writing and sports editor Mari Pothier in online sports reporting.[15]

Since becoming online-only, The Gargoyle has won nine Regional Mark of Excellence awards and published three more from Flagler Communication Department classes. Before 2010, the publication had only won two SPJ awards in its history.[15] In 2007, the publication was a finalist in the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker Awards.[16]

In 2006 and 2007, there were several allegations of censorship or alteration of articles in the Gargoyle by the college administration. In 2006, one issue of the newspaper was removed from circulation due to an alleged error in its headlines about rising tuition.[17][18][19] In April 2007, the college administration again exercised editorial control over the paper due to alleged factual errors.[20] Students rallied and organized a protest against any type of censorship of the newspaper, calling for a free and independent student press.[21]

After September 2007, working on The Gargoyle was no longer required of communication majors. An advisory board and operating guidelines were set up for The Gargoyle.[22]


The Flagler athletic teams are called the Saints. The college is a member of the NCAA Division II ranks, primarily competing in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) since the 2009–10 academic year.[23] The Saints previously competed as an NCAA D-II Independent from 2006–07 to 2008–09; and in the Florida Sun Conference (FSC; now currently known as the Sun Conference since the 2008–09 school year) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1990–91 to 2005–06.

Flagler competes in 19 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track & field (indoor); while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field (indoor) and volleyball. There are also two spirit squad teams: cheerleading and pep band.


In 2009 the Flagler College Lady Saints volleyball team made it to the national championship, and finished in the top four of Division II volleyball teams in the nation. In 2010, the Lady Saints made it to the regional finals, finishing top 16 in the nation.

Notable alumni[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "College Navigator". U.S. Department of Education. 2016. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  3. ^ ADAM AASEN. "Flagler changes, yet remains the same as it approaches 50th anniversary - Jacksonville.com". jacksonville.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved November 17, 2008.
  4. ^ "Remembering Molly Wiley" Flagler College Magazine
  5. ^ Gardner, Sheldon (February 18, 2014). "Flagler College VP resigns after investigation". StAugustine.com. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "Flagler College hires Jacksonville law firm to look into doctored student stats | jacksonville.com". Members.jacksonville.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2014. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Bob Morse and Diane Tolis (September 25, 2014). "Update on Flagler College's Data Misreporting". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Proctor Library". Flagler College. Retrieved April 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "About Us". Flagler College Proctor Library. Flagler College. Retrieved April 16, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ a b "Proctor Library". Flagler College Proctor Library. Flagler College. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  11. ^ "Policies". Flagler College Proctor Library. Flagler College. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Fiction
  13. ^ "Clubs & Organizations | Flagler College". Student Organizations and Clubs. Flagler College. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  14. ^ "Flagler Gargoyle earns website honors" The St. Augustine Record.
  15. ^ a b "Gargoyle wins best independent web site at SPJ regional conference" The Gargoyle.
  16. ^ "2007 ACP Online Pacemaker Winners" Archived 2012-07-18 at the Wayback Machine Associated Collegiate Press
  17. ^ "Newspapers Pulled from Shelves at Flagler" Archived 2007-06-20 at archive.today WJXT Jacksonville.
  18. ^ "College confiscates newspapers" Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine The St. Augustine Record.
  19. ^ "College paper pulled from stands for faulty headline" Archived 2006-10-02 at the Wayback Machine Student Press Law Center.
  20. ^ "Administration, newspaper staff at odds at Flagler College" Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Florida Times-Union.
  21. ^ "Cry of censorship rallied Flagler College students to protest decision" Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine The St. Augustine Record.
  22. ^ "Gargoyle establishes advisory board" Archived September 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine The St. Augustine Record.
  23. ^ "Montevallo and Flagler to Join Peach Belt Conference" Archived July 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Peach Belt Conference

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