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Mark Kelly

Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Mark L. Kelly directs the broad spectrum of AGB communications and the marketing of its member services, including serving as editor-in-chief for Trusteeship magazine and leading AGB Press. He is a seasoned strategist in higher education marketing and communications, with over 30 years of experience in senior-level positions for some of the nation’s leading universities.

Before joining AGB, Mr. Kelly worked as an independent consultant in executive communications as a strategist and speechwriter. He previously served as vice president for marketing and public relations for Furman University, where he led brand-centered communications strategies for a wide range of projects, including capital and annual fundraising campaigns, undergraduate and graduate admissions, civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, crisis management, and presidential inaugurations and other high profile institutional events.

Under his leadership, Furman’s alumni magazine captured a prestigious Ozzie Award and a CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Medal; Mr. Kelly also earned a Cicero Award from the Professional Speechwriters Association for the inauguration address for the university’s 12th president.

Prior to joining Furman in 2010, Mr. Kelly served in a similar capacity for Sewanee: The University of the South, and at Loyola University in Maryland. He began his higher education career at the University of South Carolina, following six years as a newspaper reporter covering city politics and education.

Mr. Kelly is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (Counselors to Higher Education), the Professional Speechwriters Association, and Gotham Ghostwriters.

He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.S. in Communications from Syracuse University.

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