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Term: 2-year, expires December 2020
City of St. Augustine
P. O. Box 210
St. Augustine, FL 32085
Mayor Upchurch, a native of St. Augustine, is Associate Professor of Law and History at Flagler College where he also serves as Director of the Frank D. Upchurch, Sr. Endowed Law Program.
Upchurch's previous experience as an elected official includes serving as a member of the St. Augustine City Commission from 1988 to 1992, as St. Augustine Mayor from 1990 to 1992, and a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1992 to 1996.
He received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College, a Masters of Arts in American History from the University of North Florida, and his law degree from the University of Florida.
Upchurch applies his practical knowledge and experience in the law in his classes, which include constitutional law, legal history, and the law program's capstone Senior Seminar in the Law. He was honored with the Flagler College Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2009 and in 2015 was voted the Faculty Member of the Year by the student body.
Before joining the faculty at Flagler College he was engaged in the private practice of law for 25 years. In 2004 and 2005 he was named as one of Florida Trend Magazine's "Legal Elite" and remains a member of The Florida Bar.
Active in the St. Augustine community, he was appointed by the president of the University of Florida (UF) to the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and to UF Historic St. Augustine. He is a trustee of Lightner Museum and an active member of the St. Augustine Rotary Club.
Upchurch served for 13 years on the board of directors of Prosperity Bank. He also chaired the board of directors for Flagler Hospital and the St. Augustine Historical Society.
Mayor Upchurch was appointed by a unanimous vote of the City Commission on March 4, 2019, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Nancy Shaver.