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December 14, 2007

Interim dean named for Purdue's College of Education

Kevin Kelly
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Interim Purdue University Provost Victor Lechtenberg announced on Thursday (Dec. 13) that Kevin Kelly has been named interim dean of the College of Education.

Kelly, who has served as head of the department of educational studies since 2002, will begin his new duties on Dec. 24. He will succeed George Hynd, who will leave Purdue in late December to become senior vice provost for education and innovation and dean of the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University.

"I am confident Kevin Kelly will keep the College of Education moving in the very positive directions that have been characteristic of the college," Lechtenberg said. "Dr. Kelly has worked in educational studies at Purdue since 1985, and his knowledge and strong Purdue background will serve the college well in this time of transition."

Lechtenberg said the university is conducting a national search for a new dean. Dennis Depew, dean of the College of Technology, is chairing the committee, which is including input from a wide variety of constituents, both around the university and the community at large.

The College of Education prepares teachers and education professionals in a variety of degree programs. It enrolls about 1,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds each year.

As head of the department of educational studies, Kelly handled graduate degree programs in counseling and development, educational foundations, educational leadership, educational psychology, gifted education and special education, and an undergraduate degree program in special education. He also worked with faculty in the area to conduct research and development activities and perform continuing education and public service to individuals, groups, educational systems, government and other agencies.

Kelly is a member of several academic and professional societies, including the American Counseling Association and the American Psychological Association. He was named researcher of the year by the American Mental Health Counselors Association in 1993. He serves on the editorial board of Career Development Quarterly.

Kelly has published 50 nationally refereed journal articles, contributed to four book chapters, and presented educational findings at more than 50 national academic and professional meetings. He is teaching three classes this year.

Kelly joined the education faculty in 1985 and became a professor of educational studies in 1997. His research interests include career indecision, career assessment and validity of career development assessments.

Prior to his time at Purdue, Kelly served as a staff counselor for the Wichita State University Counseling Center. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Boston University in 1976 and completed his doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Iowa in 1985.

Writer: Tanya Brown, (765) 494-2079,

Sources: Victor L. Lechtenberg, (765) 494-9095,

Kevin Kelly, (765) 494-9170,

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