Dr. Robert O. Kelly, President
Dr. Robert Kelley began serving as UND's 11th president on July 1, 2008.
Kelley had previously served as the dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming since 1999. Before then, he was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 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 for the School of Medicine. He also taught at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kelley's international appointments include service as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biomedicine at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia (2006); a Visiting Professor at St. George's School of Medicine in St. George, Grenada (a two-week annual appointment from 1996 to the present); a Consultant to the Prime Minister of Nepal through the U.S. State Department for the purpose of development of a medical school with a Western curriculum in Kathmandu, Nepal (1991); a Visiting Professor at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1990); a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at the National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki National Research Institutes in Okazaki, Japan (1984-85); an International Exchange Scholar for the National Science Foundation International Division at the University of Poona in India (1982); and a Visiting Research Fellow at The Hubrecht Laboratory for Developmental Biology in Utrecht, The Netherlands (1972-73).
Kelley has served as chair of the Assembly for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), chaired the Council of Academic Societies for the AAMC, and was a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for the U.S. medical licensure examination. In addition, he has served the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on several study sections, served on the director's advisory board for NIH strategic planning, and chaired the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program advisory committee in the NIH Division of Research Resources. That program helped support research for historically black universities, tribal colleges, and "minority-majority" institutions. He also served as principal investigator for the University of Wyoming/Northern Rockies INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence),an NIH program that promotes biomedical research and connects the state's community colleges with the University of Wyoming.
Kelley earned his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Abilene (Texas) Christian University in 1965, and his master's degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology, from the University of California, Berkeley.