John Kelly, Ph.D., was selected today as Florida Atlantic University’s seventh president by the University’s 13-member Board of Trustees.
“Today marks a great day in the history of FAU,” said Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees. “We are proud of our selection of Dr. Kelly as our leader, and we are confident that his vision will guide FAU to its next level of greatness.”
Kelly has been the vice president of economic development at Clemson University, where he was tasked with developing and implementing university policy, strategic planning, hiring strategies, communication and budgeting.
“I am privileged to have been selected as the next president of FAU,” said Kelly. “It was a long and open process, and I am honored that the Board of Trustees unanimously chose me to lead FAU.”
Since January 2007, Kelly has served as executive director of the Clemson University Restoration Institute, where he built a highly collaborative team to educate students and direct research in energy systems.
In addition, he had overall responsibility for the public service mission of the university and served as the State of South Carolina agency head of “Clemson University Public Service Activities” including the S.C. Experiment Station, Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, Regulatory Services and Livestock Poultry Health, with programs in 46 counties. Kelly also oversaw Clemson University Undergraduate Service Learning and had administrative responsibility of numerous Institutes and Centers.
Kelly earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University.