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A Living Legend of Business

Meet Dr. Frederick Kelly, Former Dean of the Business School


Living Legend BusinessDr. Frederick Kelly, Dean for the Leon Hess Business School from July 2001 to July 2010, had not always planned to be working at the University. He originally started pursuing an interest in teaching when he was pursuing his doctorate.

“I was planning to return to a career in banking when I finished my doctorate,” Kelly explained, “however, there weren’t openings available at the time and so I started teaching to earn some money while I waited for a job to open up. I found I really liked teaching and decided to continue it as a career choice. I later moved into administration, which I likewise enjoyed immensely.”

Kelly was born in New York City and attended Manhattan College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Following his undergraduate work, he went to earn a Ph. D in economics, finance and international business at Columbia University.

Before joining the University community, Kelly was Dean of the Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University in Bristol and Providence, Rhode Island. Kelly also has served as Professor of Finance and Dean of the School of Business at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business Administration, and the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business. While in Rhode Island, Kelly also served as the Economic Forecast Manager for the state under the auspices of the New England Economic Project. Kelly also has served as an administrator and faculty member at Montclair State College, Medger Evers College of the City University of New York, and Adelphi University.

Kelly considers his areas of expertise to be higher education administration, health care administration and international capital budgeting. His work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education Management, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Pharmaceutical-Chemical Studies, among others. He has lectured in Poland, France, Italy, Northern Ireland, and the People's Republic of China, as well as before a variety of organizations in the United States.

“For an institution of its size and endowment, Monmouth has succeeded in attracting a large number of outstanding teachers and researchers,” said Kelly. “Many of the faculty have international reputations and are better known than the University. I believe the greatest resource of Monmouth University is the faculty.”

Besides the professors and staff of the University, Kelly also commented on this very publication. “I think The Outlook is an excellent student newspaper,” Kelly said. “It’s one of the best I have encountered in my career and I think this is recognized by the numerous awards it has earned over the years.”

Although Kelly has nothing but good things to say about the University, his teaching career has come to an end. He has retired and moved to Florida. “I’m relocated to a community in Florida called ‘The Villages’,” Kelly said. “It has 10 championship golf courses and 29 executive courses. My wife and I also play pickle ball there and belong to a number of social clubs.”

But this doesn’t mean that he will be leaving the world of academia forever. He currently sits on the Board of the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., as Chairman, as well as conducting accreditation visits for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Kelly shared many fond memories of the University, as well as one specific occasion that he called “the proudest of my career.”

“It was pointed out to me that a student who had written a book about overcoming the many challenges in her life, stated in it that a conversation with me had been instrumental in her decision to attend Monmouth and had helped her in deciding that she should attempt to pursue her college degree,” he said. This is one of many memories that Kelly will go on to remember, well into his retirement and future endeavors.

The current Dean of the Business school is Dr. Donald Moliver.

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