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Robert Kelly, Ph.D.

Robert Kelly, Ph.D.

Chief of Staff

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Dr. Robert Kelly has more than 20 years of experience working in higher education. As Chief of Staff at Union he provides counsel to President Stephen Ainlay and coordinates initiatives across the College in support of the strategic plan. Additionally, he directs the Kelly Adirondack Center, Institutional Studies, and the activities of the Office of the President. As a senior policy advisor to the President, the Chief of Staff coordinates the President's activities with institutional administrators and community leaders. A critical aspect of the position is serving as the liaison to the Board of Trustees. The Chief of Staff serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board and undertakes special projects on behalf of the president and the Trustees.

Dr. Kelly has published and presented papers on various aspects of college life. Prior to his position, he served in executive roles as Vice President for Student Development both at Loyola University Chicago and Seattle University and served in various administrative and research roles at The University of Maryland and The University of Vermont. He began his professional career at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. In addition to his administrative positions, Dr. Kelly has taught a number of courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including "Leadership in Higher Education" and "Law and Higher Education" among others.

Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Loyola University (formerly College) Maryland, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Kelly's research focuses on areas of administrative ethical decision-making in higher education and transforming the college environment for student success.