Catherine Culver, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty, Ph.D. Student

M.S. in Recreational Studies: Historic Preservation, University of Florida (2007)
B.A. in Recreation Administration, San Diego State University (1977)

Curriculum Vitae

Office: FLG 106A
Address: P.O. Box 118208, Gainesville, FL 32611-8208
Contact: (352) 294-1683


Catherine Culver, currently a doctoral student and teacher in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management at the University of Florida, obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Administration from San Diego State University.

Most recently, Ms. Culver was Executive Director of the Federal Commission for the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration, which was enacted on March 30, 2009 when Congressional House Bill 146 became Public Law 111-11 by order of United States President Barack Obama. As Executive Director, Ms. Culver oversaw St. Augustine’s celebratory activities at the Federal and international level, including orchestration of the official visit of King Felipe VI of Spain.

Born in Wyoming, Ms. Culver grew up in Southern California, where, in San Diego, she began her hospitality and tourism career as Innkeeper of Britt House 1887.  Having a fondness for historic cities, Ms. Culver moved to Santa Fe, NM, working as Director of Sales at the historic Hotel St. Francis. The desire be back on the ocean and to live in the oldest, not second oldest city in America, Ms. Culver moved to St. Augustine, where she was Operations Manager for the Department of Heritage Tourism, City of St. Augustine, while obtaining her Master’s Degree in Heritage Tourism and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida.

An advocate for managed tourism, Ms. Culver served as Vice-President for Sister Cities of St. Augustine, Vice-President of Association of Historic Hotels of America – West, and an active member in Visit Florida, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Florida Humanities Council, Historic Hotels of America, and Convention & Visitors Bureaus of San Diego, CA, Santa Fe, NM, and St. Augustine, FL.  As director of numerous historic and cultural events, Ms. Culver attributes her success to strong partnerships and collaborations with, but not limited to, St. Johns County School District, 4-H, 450th Youth Ambassadors, Flagler College, Men of Menéndez, Committee for Night Watch, and to the generosity of many, many volunteers.

Research Interests:

  • Event Planning and Management
  • Role of Tourism in Community Development
  • Heritage Tourism Management


  • LEI 2180: Leisure in Contemporary Society
  • LEI 3140: Philosophy and History of Recreation
  • HFT 2750: Event Management
  • HFT 3512: Event Promotions
  • HFT 4517: Convention Sales & Service