Union welcomes new Chief of Staff

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The College will welcome Robert Kelly, Ph.D. to serve as the Chief of Staff in President Stephen C. Ainlay’s office.

In an email to the campus community, Ainlay said about Kelly: “He brings a wealth of experience to the position, and I’m excited about the qualities and expertise he brings to Union’s Senior Staff.”

“Union is a very special institution,” Kelly said. “I’m looking forward to meeting more members of the campus community and continuing the College’s long-standing tradition of excellence in higher education.”

Kelly received his B.A. from Loyola University Maryland, and completed his Masters in Education at the University of Vermont. His doctorate, in educational policy, planning and administration, is from the University of Maryland.

Most recently, he served as vice president for Student Development at Loyola University Chicago. He had previously served as vice president for Student Development at Seattle University and has held other roles at the University of Vermont, University of Maryland and Colgate University.

In addition to his administrative positions, Kelly has taught a number of courses, including “Leadership in Higher Education” and “Law and Higher Education” as well as “Freedom Ride: Civil Rights Now and Then” and several others.

He has published and presented papers on various aspects of college life. He has served on a number of boards, including Loyola University Maryland, the National Associate of Student Personnel Administrators and the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He was the 2013 recipient of the NASPA’s “Pillar of the Profession Award.”