Penny Kelly is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at SUNY Broome Community College. In her role, she provides leadership of four academic divisions, including oversight of Institutional Effectiveness, Academic Services (Learning Assistance and Accessibility), Advising and Career Services, Enrollment and Admissions, Workforce Development, Information Technology Services, Marketing and Communications, Library and the Registrar. She previously served as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs/Provost at SUNY Schenectady County Community College overseeing all of the Academic and Student Affairs functions, including Financial Aid. Penny spent over ten years as a faculty member teaching accounting and business courses to associate degree level students.
Dr. Kelly has been an advocate for academic quality and student success having served as Vice President for both Academic and Student Affairs. She has been instrumental in guiding her institutions through the Middle States accreditation process, ensuring academic quality and integrity are always at the forefront. She was the lead on her organizations’ commitment to student success through her leadership on the Achieving the Dream initiative at SUNY Schenectady, as well as Guided Pathways at SUNY Broome. Dr. Kelly has led the development of numerous strategic plans, including the Academic Master Plan, the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan, the Distance Learning Strategic Plan, and the Information Technology Plan. She has been effective in bridging workforce and academic programming to help develop a stronger enrollment pipeline. Penny has led significant capital projects, including the development of a new Biotechnology Lab and the design of a new Learning Commons. She oversaw the successful grant application for the first Title III grant awarded at SUNY Schenectady, collaborated on the $11.2 million Health Programs Opportunity Grant, and oversaw the TRIO, C-Step, LSAMP, and EOP programs. She has a history of successful collaboration with high schools, colleges, and businesses, as well as active community involvement, including memberships and participation in area Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, and the United Way.
Penny received her Ed.D. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, her M.S. from Binghamton University, a B.S. from SUNY Oneonta, and an A.A.S. from SUNY Broome. She regularly participates as a Middle States peer evaluator, having served as a peer reviewer and chair on Self-Study and Follow-up visits. Penny received the Women of Achievement award from the YWCA in Schenectady for her dedication to students.