New Provost Expands Horizon

Marisa Kelly takes on Ithaca College.       

By Gillian Smith ’12

Marisa Kelly, former dean of the 
College of Arts and Sciences at the 
University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has recently been named 
provost and vice president of academic affairs at Ithaca College.

Kelly says she came to the College because she was looking to expand her academic horizons and work with the College to further develop its ongoing initiatives.

“I found myself wanting to work beyond the boundaries of my own unit,” Kelly says. “As provost, I will be able to work across the entire institution to help IC achieve its goals.”

The job of the provost is to oversee the academic program and budget, educational policy, and academic appointments. The provost is responsible for strategic planning in order to enhance teaching, research, and creative activity.

Looking into the future, Kelly says she hopes to help IC become one of the best known colleges in the nation for providing students with excellence in 
integrated liberal arts and professional education.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the faculty, students, staff, and alumni at IC and working collaboratively with those groups,” she says. “I believe the College’s mission is an important one and that I can contribute in significant ways to its advancement.”