Dr. Tressa Kelly earned a Ph.D. in communication from Wayne State University. She received her master’s degree in communication and a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts from Eastern Michigan University. She teaches public speaking and English at Wofford College and a series of online communication courses for the University of West Florida.

She met Chancellor Brendan Kelly while competing for Eastern Michigan University in speech and debate. They have three children: Bree, Liam, and Kieran, …four if you count their Great Dane, Lucy.

Dr. Kelly with the First Lady
Dr. Tressa Kelly and Dr. Brendan Kelly