Northwestern has named Michael Kelley as the new director of development for research. In this role, Kelley will work with Vice President for Research Jay Walsh to identify, manage, and cultivate major and principal gifts in support of Northwestern’s transformative research vision.
“Michael has been a terrific colleague for the past nine years in his role as senior associate director of foundation relations in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development (ARD), where he successfully raised gifts across several schools and programs by engaging with faculty, foundations, and internal partners,” says Walsh. “I look forward to collaborating with Michael to further strengthen Northwestern’s research enterprise.”
Kelley has been with ARD since 2007 and has served in the Office of Foundation Relations as both development researcher and senior associate director. He previously worked in the Central Major Gifts Office as an assistant director.
“I’m excited about the potential of my role to connect our leading researchers with new opportunities for external funding and collaboration — ultimately leading to the discovery of new knowledge,” says Kelley. “I look forward to learning from and working with the many talented professionals that make up the Office for Research.”
The scope and scale of the University’s research impact continues to grow and the discoveries made by Northwestern faculty experts offer huge social benefit. Those discoveries are made possible by sustained investment, Walsh says, which is why this partnership between ARD and the Office for Research is so important.