Dr. Robert Kelley Accepts Offer to be the Next President of UND
BISMARCK, N.D. - Dr. Robert Kelley, University of Wyoming dean of the College of Health Sciences, today accepted the State Board of Higher Education's offer to be the 11th president of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.
The SBHE voted unanimously to offer Kelley the position after interviewing him Feb. 4, 2008, but Kelley asked for more time so that he and his wife Marcia could consider the offer.
"Dr. Kelley clearly possesses, in abundance, the professional and personal qualifications and characteristics to lead this distinguished institution, and we are so pleased he has decided to accept our offer to become the next president of the University of North Dakota," said John Q. Paulsen, SBHE president. "Our board appreciates the fact that Robert and Marcia have made this decision as the result of a careful thought process. We believe it is the right decision - both for the Kelleys and for the University of North Dakota."
"I have had several conversations with Dr. Kelley, and I believe he will be a collaborative, visionary leader for the University of North Dakota and the many constituents it serves," said Bill Goetz, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. "Robert understands UND's rich history as well as the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Each of the groups he met with during the interview process were impressed by his ability to form immediate connections with them. He will be a tremendous asset to the University of North Dakota, the entire University System and the state of North Dakota."
"Both Marcia and I are very excited about the opportunity being offered to us," Kelley said. "Both of us look forward to moving to Grand Forks, starting in our new position and getting acquainted with the university community and the city of Grand Forks."
Kelley is dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., a position he has held since 1999. Prior to joining the University of Wyoming, Kelley was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also was a professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a professor of anatomy and cell biology at the College of Medicine, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the University of New Mexico, he served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean and in other faculty capacities. He also has taught at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kelley earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1965 and a master's degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Kelley will become president of UND on July 1, 2008. He will succeed Dr. Charles Kupchella who announced his retirement in January 2007. Kelley will be paid an annual salary of $300,000 and will have a three-year contract.