Dr. Brendan Kelly, named the president of the University of West Georgia by the Board of Regents, began serving March 23rd, 2020.

Dr. Kelly previously served as chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina, a position he held since 2017. He also was appointed in April 2019 as interim president of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Brendan Kelly
Dr. Brendan Kelly

Prior to USC Upstate, Kelly served as vice president of university advancement, foundation president and chief executive officer of the historic trust at the University of West Florida  (UWF) in Pensacola, Florida, from 2013 to 2017.

Kelly earned both a bachelor's degree in public relations and a master’s degree in communication from Eastern Michigan University. He earned his doctorate in rhetoric and political communication from Wayne State University.

During several meetings with UWG students, faculty, staff, foundation board members and other advisory groups ahead of his start date, Kelly shared his impression of and vision for the institution.

"The foundation of this university – the people here and the institution’s history – is very strong, and if you’re going to be part of a place’s next chapter, you want to start with the best building material that exists,” Kelly said.


“My vision is to see UWG build on its foundation and become the university in Georgia that is most relevant to the 21st century and all of the challenges and opportunities this time in higher education presents.”