Gary Kelly named professor emeritus at Clarkson University


Gary F. Kelly was named Professor Emeritus for his exemplary service to Clarkson University.

Kelly has had a long and distinguished career with Clarkson over the past 49 years.

His career in higher education began in 1973 when he became the founder and director of the Student Development Center at Clarkson, the University’s first counseling center, a position he held until 1988.

Kelly was among the founders of The Clarkson School, an early college program for motivated high school students who start college early and enroll as freshmen at Clarkson. He was its director of student life from 1978 to 1982 and took over as director in 1982, holding the position until 2004.

He served as the University’s Associate Dean of Students from 1988 to 1998 and Vice President of Student Affairs from 1998 to 2005, when he retired from administrative work.

Most recently, Kelly has been a teacher for first-year honors students and in an adjunct position in psychology, a teaching role he has held since 1996.

Kelly’s writings and textbooks on sex and sexuality have been widely used nationwide. Her book Sexuality Today is now in its 11th edition, with a new version in preparation for publication. From 1974 to 1998, Kelly also taught popular graduate courses on human sexuality to counselors-in-training and was considered an innovator in sex education for counselors.

Kelly’s sex education work with students received national recognition with her election to the board of directors of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. He served for eight years as editor of the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy and was a founding member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education.

He is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the Society for the Scientific Study of Human Sexuality; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the American Humanistic Psychological Association; the American Consulting Association; and the New York State Counseling Association.

Kelly served on the New York State Board of Regents Curriculum Council from 1991 to 1994.

He was a director of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce.

Born in the St. Lawrence Valley, Kelly was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology as well as a Master of Education in Counseling and Human Development.

Today, he and his wife, Betsy, live just south of Adirondack Park, close to many things and people they love. He continued to work as a therapist, has several ongoing writing projects, and teaches online.

The Kellys have two adult daughters, Casey DK Walter, owner of a Saratoga Springs riding stable, and Chelsea A. Wilson, school counselor at Clifton Park, and three grandchildren.


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