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Marisa Kelly Named as Ithaca College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College president Tom Rochon has announced that he has appointed Dr. Marisa Kelly as the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Kelly has served since 2006 as dean and McQuinn Distinguished Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

“I am pleased that our national search for a new provost has led us to Dr. Kelly,” said Rochon. “She is widely known as a mission-driven leader, with a distinguished record of working collaboratively to create and implement transformative strategic plans. Having worked with her when I was previously at the University of St. Thomas, I know her to be a tireless champion of excellence in student learning.”

The provost is the college’s second-ranking administrative officer, overseeing the academic program and budget, educational policy, and academic appointments and is responsible for strategic planning to enhance teaching, research and creative activity.

“Dr. Kelly was enthusiastically received by the campus community during her on-campus interview, and was strongly recommended to me by the search committee,” Rochon added. “I want to thank the committee for its diligence in assembling and winnowing an exceptionally qualified pool of candidates for this critical position in the Ithaca College leadership.”

“I am very excited to be joining Ithaca College at this point in its history and I am looking forward to working with the whole IC community to further advance the institution,” said Kelly. “My background working at institutions similar to Ithaca in size, program scope and orientation has prepared me to address the specific opportunities and challenges facing the college.”

Prior to joining St. Thomas, Kelly had served on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of the Pacific, then successively as associate dean and senior associate dean of the university’s liberal arts school, the College of the Pacific. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Kansas and completed the Management in Leadership and Education program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

As a scholar, Kelly has published articles in top journals on public policy and administration. She currently serves on the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences Committee on Metropolitan/Urban Institutions and is on the board of trustees of the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

“Marisa Kelly is a distinguished academic administrator whose experience, values and leadership style are perfectly suited to move Ithaca College forward in partnership with President Rochon,” said Bill Schwab ’68, chairman of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.

Walter Smith, chairman of the board’s Educational Policy Committee, says Kelly will play a critical role with the IC20/20 initiative, the college’s comprehensive 10-year strategic plan. “Dr. Kelly is assuming the academic leadership of Ithaca College as it begins to implement a transformative plan to ensure the college’s distinctiveness and excellence in education. We look forward to working with her, the deans and faculty to realize this visionary presidential initiative.”

Kelly succeeds Kathleen Rountree, who announced last spring that she was stepping down as provost. Kelly will assume her new position on July 1. “We are fortunate that School of Music dean Greg Woodward, who has led our IC20/20 initiative with energy and imagination while serving as interim provost, will continue in this role for the remainder of the academic year,” said Rochon.