Ed Healy and Beth Kelley both joined the University Honors Program this spring. Ed is Coordinator for Student Development and will be doing outreach and communication to both students and alumni, including creating an Honors alumni mentorship program. Beth is Administrative Assistant and will keep Nunemaker Center and the Honors office running smoothly for current students, prospective students and staff.
Ed, who graduated from KU in 2002, comes from New York, where he was director of pre-college programs for gifted youth at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I really wanted to come back to KU. I’ve been trying to come back for many, many years. Plus, I am excited about this opportunity to work with Honors students, because they are very motivated and involved,” he says.
Ed was not a part of the Honors Program when he was a student at KU, so he says he can speak with experience to prospective and current students about what Honors has to offer.
“I would have maybe figured out my career path a little sooner if I had the advising and connections with Honors. I should’ve done internships and research opportunities to get practical, applicable skills,” he says. “It’s not just about how well you do in your classes – it’s about using your passions and having someone help you find them.”
He says he hopes to create more awareness about what the Honors Program offers to students, and his responsibilities include researching and securing internship opportunities, working with alumni, recruitment, communication and advising.
Beth has returned to KU after being away for 10 years to manage her three children and two stepchildren as they went to junior high and high school. She worked for the state of Kansas since 1977, including for KU’s Natural History Museum and Office of Admissions. Now that the children have left the nest, she has decided to return to work.
“I’m happy to be back at KU,” she says. “The people in Honors are awesome, and how can you beat this building?”
Besides managing the day-to-day activity in Nunemaker, Beth says she plans to streamline operations both within Honors and among other offices and departments on campus – with which, because of her previous experience, she is very familiar. She also hopes to establish databases for various functions of the Honors Program.
“Beth and Ed are outstanding additions to our talented staff,” says Honors Program Director Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett. “They bring energy, enthusiasm and a genuine care and concern for our students.”