Portrait Brendan Kelly

Dr. Brendan Kelly

Vice President | University Advancement | 850-474-3306 | bkelly@uwf.edu

Dr. Brendan Kelly was named Interim Vice President for University Advancement at the University of West Florida in April 2013 and appointed the permanent position in July 2014. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Kelly served as the Director of the School of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and Chair of the Department of Communication Arts at UWF.

In his role as Interim Vice President, Dr. Kelly serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and provides executive leadership to a team of more than 60 professionals in the Division of Advancement, overseeing the university's integrated marketing and communications efforts, as well as all of the development and alumni relations' activities. In addition, he oversees the UWF Foundation, whose current endowment investment pool exceeds $60 million. As the institution's chief philanthropic officer, Dr. Kelly is responsible for the university's 50th anniversary campaign (2017), which is currently in the feasibility-testing phase.

Dr. Kelly also leads the efforts of UWF Historic Trust, which is dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Northwest Florida. Historic Trust manages 28 properties in downtown historic Pensacola and the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton. In addition, Dr. Kelly oversees WUWF Public Media, which creates, acquires and distributes audio and video content through broadcast, web and community outreach.

A faculty member in the Department of Communication Arts since 2004, Dr. Kelly previously served as the director of the nationally recognized UWF Speech and Debate program, and specializes in speech communication training. He has taught courses in political communication, speech communication, communication ethics and various areas related to strategic communication.

Dr. Kelly's scholarship and research concentrates on political campaign communication and presidential rhetoric, as well as communication pedagogy and training.

Since arriving at UWF, Kelly has been recognized through multiple honors, including the UWF Distinguished Teaching Award; induction into the National Forensic Association Hall of Fame, Eastern Michigan University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award; induction into the Eastern Michigan University Forensics Hall of Fame; the UWF Faculty Excellence award in Student Affairs; and was recognized by the US Department of Defense as a Patriotic Employer.

Additionally, Dr. Kelly served as the National Tournament Director for the National Forensic Association and the Chair of the Argumentation and Forensics Division of the National Communication Association.

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