FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly Honored with Service Award

FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly

By lisa metcalf | 5/16/2018

Florida Atlantic University’s Board of Trustees has awarded FAU First Lady Carolyn Kelly with this year’s BOT Service Award. This award recognizes friends of the University who contribute their time and expertise to FAU through sustained and exemplary service.

“As first lady of Florida Atlantic University, Carolyn Kelly tirelessly represents FAU in the community with the overarching goal of uniting the strengths of the university with the South Florida region and beyond,” said Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU’s BOT. “She has made it her mission to create economic partnerships for FAU through building relationships with business leaders, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, donors and the community-at-large. We are proud to present her with this award.”  

Since coming to FAU in May 2014, Kelly has helped to raise significant funds for student scholarships through the Kelly Family Scholarship Fund and the Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program, along with her husband, FAU President John Kelly. Both of these programs provide financial assistance to talented students who otherwise might not be able to afford a college education.

Carolyn Kelly was the architect behind the book “Legacymakers: 100 Women of Distinction at Florida Atlantic University” which recognized the many ways in which women have built FAU’s reputation for excellence. She also played an integral role in creating the “FAU High School M.D. Direct” program, which places high school student directly in line for medical school at FAU, jumpstarting their careers as young, aspiring physicians-to-be.

Prior to moving to Boca Raton, Kelly was the first female director of the South Carolina Coastal Program, where she oversaw harbor deepening port expansion and beach renourishment, Coastal Regulatory permitting, and off-shore issues and initiatives.