classrooms and modern laboratories, an ideal setting for learning the careers and technologies of the 21st century.
FKCC continued to expand its role in the community in the 2000s, and with it, its campus facilities. In 2003, the college
unveiled its new Public Safety Annex, which features two hyperbaric chambers, as well as a renovated photography lab
that is now located in Building B. In 2009, the FKCC Foundation received $1 million from the estate of scuba diving pioneer
James E. Lockwood, Jr. to improve and grow the program, now named for its benefactor, the James E. Lockwood, Jr. School
of Diving and Underwater Technology.
In July 2007, Dr. William A. Seeker retired after 28 years of service to the college and community, and was bestowed the
honor of President Emeritus by the District Board of Trustees. Dr. Jill Landesberg-Boyle then took the helm as the college’s
first female president and served through October of 2009.
FKCC welcomed its fifth president, Dr. Larry Tyree, in November of 2009. Initially on interim contract, Dr. Tyree agreed in
March 2010, to serve as “permanent” president through June of 2012. This is the ninth presidency and eleventh community
college for the veteran leader and educator.
Florida Keys Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia
30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Keys Community College.
Equity Statement
Florida Keys Community College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Discrimination/harassment on the
basis of color, race, ethnicity, genetic information, sexual orientation, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status
or disability in admission to, or employment in, its education programs or activities is prohibited. Please report any form
of discrimination/harassment immediately to the College’s Equity Coordinator, Charles McGinnis, Office 1512, Human
Resources, 5901College Road, Key West Florida 33040, (305) 809-3248 or to the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department
of Education.
The College President and Board of Trustees
LarryW. Tyree, Ed.D.
A native of Pensacola, Florida, and a graduate of Pensacola Junior College, Larry W. Tyree is now serving in
his ninth presidency and eleventh community college at FKCC. He previously held the rank of full
professor at the University of Florida, where he was also the director of the Institute of Higher Education
and the executive director of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges.
Tyree served as a community college CEO for 26 years at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama
City, Florida, the Dallas County Community College District in Texas, and Santa Fe College in Gainesville,
Florida. He also served as interim president of five other institutions, including Johnson County
Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, and Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Tyree has many publications to his credit, including a book entitled The Leadership Dialogues: Community College
Case Studies to Explore. He served as board chair of the American Association of Community Colleges and the League for
Innovation in the Community College and was a member of the board of directors of the American Council on Education.
Dr. Tyree was named a distinguished alumnus by each of his three alma maters – Pensacola Junior College, Indiana
University, and the University of Florida. He is also a League for Innovation in the Community Colleges Senior Fellow and
received the American Association of Community Colleges’ National Leadership Award. He was named president emeritus
by both Santa Fe College and Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas.
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