Kelley served as interim dean of OU’s College of Journalism and Mass Communication since August 2015.
“We are very fortunate to have Ed Kelley as dean of the college,” said University of Oklahoma President David Boren. “He has a broad range of valuable experience in the journalism profession and a long and caring relationship with the college as one of its most outstanding graduates. He will be an innovative and student-centered leader.”
An OU alum, Kelley served as director of experiential learning at Gaylord College before being named interim dean.
“Being dean of Gaylord College truly is an honor ,” said Kelley. ” It’s so exciting to be a part of a vibrant place, with many advantages, that is educating students for the media environment of the future.”
Dean Kelley began his 36-year career in journalism at the Oklahoman, where he worked as a city reporter and later, the Washington bureau chief. Kelley served in a variety of editorial positions at the paper, namely, as managing editor during the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. For that coverage, he was named Editor of the Year in 1996 by the National Press Foundation. Kelley then served as editor-in-chief of the Oklahoman, succeeding Edward L. Gaylord, from 2003 until 2011. He has also served as editor of the Washington Times and as senior contributing editor of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.
In 1998, Kelley served as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes and in 2003, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
Kelley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from OU where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa .