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Kellett to conclude K-State deanship in June 2006; to be visiting scholar and consultant in 2006

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Carol Kellett, dean of Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology, announced today that she will begin a professional development leave beginning in January 2006 to pursue national leadership roles in human ecology and higher education.

Kellett said she will conclude her appointment as dean in June 2006 to pursue interests in leadership development and university partnerships that serve communities. During spring 2006, Kellett will be a visiting scholar in the Office of the Deputy Administrator for Families, 4-H and Nutrition in the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and will serve as a consultant with the Board on Human Sciences of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.

A 1969 K-State graduate in home economics, she has served as dean of the College of Human Ecology since 1998. Milestone achievements during her tenure as dean were based on a strategic plan with the vision of being an internationally recognized community of diverse scholars and the motto, "In a world focused on things, we focus first on people" -- culminating in recognition as one of the most prestigious units in the nation and world.

The K-State College of Human Ecology is ranked third nationally in undergraduate enrollment and second nationally in graduate student enrollment. All eligible academic programs are accredited, and several specialized programs rank in the top three nationally. The College of Human Ecology has 23 academic programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels in four units, including the School of Family Studies and Human Services and the departments of apparel, textiles and interior design; human nutrition, and hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics. During her appointment as dean, Kellett collaborated with faculty to initiate a comprehensive student outcomes assessment plan and funding support for development of evaluation measures. Rewards and incentives enhanced research productivity in grants, publications and creative scholarship increased during her appointment.

Kellett earned recognition for development and major gift fundraising that increased the scholarship endowment from $3.5 million to more than $8 million and enhanced annual giving from $400,000 to more than $4 million each year. She strengthened alumni relationships with communications, awards and outreach. Leadership for a facilities master plan culminated in completion of two new buildings. Construction of The Stone House: Hoeflin Early Childhood Education Center and the Chandler Institute for Child and Family Studies comprised a $2.3 million expansion and renovation made possible by philanthropic gifts. Construction of a Speech and Hearing Center was recently completed with almost $2 million in philanthropic gifts from foundations, alumni and friends.

Throughout her career, Kellett has looked for ways to improve society through the betterment of families. She began her career as a home economics teacher in Blue Springs, Mo., before moving to the University of Missouri as an instructor in the College of Education. Kellett also served as assistant director of the Youth Employment Project of the National Collaboration for Youth. For 10 years, she served as a professor at Central Missouri State in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology. At California State University, Long Beach, Kellett chaired the department of family and consumer sciences, served as founder and director of the Urban Families Initiative, and as assistant provost. During 1996-97 Kellett was American Council on Education Fellow in the office of the president of Ohio University.

Kellett is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award from California State University, Long Beach; the Commemorative Lecture Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; and the Distinguished Service Award in Human Ecology from Kansas State University.

Kellett received her master's and doctorate degrees in home economics education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

This article was posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2005, and is filed under College News.