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Carol Kellett to be college commencement speaker

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Carol Kellett, author, professor and former dean of the College of Human Ecology, will be keynote speaker for the 2015 Spring Commencement.

More than 450 students are expected to receive Bachelor of Science degrees at the college's ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in Bramlage Coliseum.

Kellett, who has a deep understanding of possibilities of the human ecological system to improve society through the betterment of families, has contributed to the discipline at Kansas State University and nationally. She recently authored an interactive textbook about the human ecological system that has been adopted in programs across the U.S. She also wrote "Legacy of Leadership," the story of the College of Human Ecology.

She will speak on "Reflections and Anticipation."

As dean of the college from 1998 to 2006, she provided leadership for a strategic plan, faculty development, facilities construction and increasing research grants and philanthropic gifts. As a professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, she guided hundreds of students to understand the powerful tools human ecology offers.

She has written and spoken on the evolution of the discipline "from women's courses to human ecology" and about the buildings at K-State named after women leaders (more than any other land grant college). She sponsored the Carol Kellett Heritage Gallery in Justin Hall to help others appreciate the college's long history.

During her career she has been awarded more than $5 million in grants and published dozens of journal articles and book chapters.

A native Kansan, Kellett received a bachelor's degree from the College of Human Ecology at K-State and master of education and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She held teaching and leadership roles with California State University-Long Beach and Central Missouri State University.

She has been a faculty scholar with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a fellow of the American Council on Education. She has been leader of the Urban Families Initiative, the Board on Human Sciences and Kansas Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Kellett will retire in May.

This article was posted on Thursday, April 30, 2015, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.