Bob Beatty, Adjunct Faculty
A “history geek” since elementary school, Bob Beatty is President of the Lyndhurst Group, a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction. From 2007-2017 Dr. Beatty served the American Association for State & Local History, most recently as Chief of Engagement, but also Interim President & CEO and Chief Operating Officer, leading the association’s entire national professional development program. From 1999-2007 he directed the Education Department at the Orange County (FL) Regional History Center. He graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in History from the University of Central Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. His dissertation, “You Wanna Play in My Band, You Better Come to Pick,” discusses the influence of Floridian Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band on American music. He has been an instructor of Museum Studies and American History at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Beatty received the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins University’s Museum Studies program, was given the Southeastern Museum Conference’s 2017 Outstanding Service to the Museum Profession Award, and was the Florida Association of Museums’ Outstanding New Professional in 2002. He is the author of Florida’s Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes, co-editor of Zen and the Art of Local History, and author of An American Association for State and Local History Guide to Making Public History, has published several articles, and is a regular presenter at professional conferences.