May 10, 2006
University of Maine at Fort Kent President Dr. Richard W. Cost has named Terence Kelly as UMFK's director of university relations and alumni affairs effective May 1.
"I am delighted that we were able to find someone with Mr. Kelly's depth and breadth of experience in public relations for this very important job," said Cost. "This position works directly with me and Terry will be a vital communications link between this University and our many friends here in the Valley and across the country."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Susan Tardie for the wonderful job she did in keeping the office going between directors," Cost said.
Kelly comes to UMFK from the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he served as media special and print program coordinator for the past three years. In Las Cruces, Kelly was responsible for media relations with news outlets in the Las Cruces/El Paso, Texas media market. He also was responsible for writing, editing and overseeing the production of all internal City publications, as well as its 55,000-circulation quarterly community newsletter.
Kelly has 25 years experience in public, community and media relations. He has worked on the federal, state, county and municipal levels of government, as well as in the private sector. He worked for 12 years as the manager of community relations for Metro-North Commuter Railroad, the nation?s second-largest commuter rail line, which serves more than 100 communities in the northern New York and Connecticut suburbs of New York City.
Kelly also served as an assistant director of communications to the Westchester County Executive in White Plains, New York; as Press Secretary to a United States Representative in Washington, D.C., and as a newspaper and radio reporter.
Kelly received an Associate of Arts from SUNY /Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego, New York.
A native of suburban and rural New York State, Kelly looks forward to his return to the Northeast. He enjoys hiking, bicycling, snow-shoeing and Nordic skiing.