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Idaho State University College of Business names Conference Room in honor of Betty and Jim Kelly on May 6

Posted April 28, 2011

The Idaho State University College of Business will honor Betty and Jim Kelly for their longtime dedication to the College of Business by officially naming the College of Business Conference Room in their honor on May 6, further establishing Betty and Jim’s leadership legacy at ISU.

A reception with refreshments will be held on May 6 at 11 a.m. on the ISU campus in the College of Business Faculty Lounge.  It will feature comments from Bernard Goodwin, director of development; ISU President Arthur C. Vailas; Ken Smith, College of Business dean; and the honoree, Jim Kelly.

Jim and Betty KellyThe official ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. outside the newly named Betty and Jim Kelly Conference Room located on the first floor of the business building. The public is invited to share in this historic occasion.

Jim Kelly was a former dean of the College of Business and is currently a member of the ISU Foundation Board of Directors.  In 2003 he received the ISU President's Medallion for his service to the university.

Kelly is also considered the "father" of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in the ISU College of Business initiated under his guidance in 1969. He has agreed to lend the Kelly name to the "Kelly MBA Leadership Society," a prestigious fundraising organization for the MBA program. He is encouraging all of his friends, family, business associates, past MBA grads, and friends of the university and College of Business to support the Kelly MBA Leadership Society by becoming founding members of the organization.

For more information on the Kelly MBA Leadership Society please contact Bernard Goodwin at (208) 339-2464 or at