Patrick J. Kelly

Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly is a Senior Associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). He also serves as Director of the NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (located at and works on many projects applying research and policy analysis to link higher education with the critical needs of states and their residents. He presents his work to a variety of audiences including higher education researchers and policy analysts, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEOs) and their staffs, and other state policymakers.

Before joining NCHEMS in February 2002, Patrick worked for six years at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. His most recent position at the council was Senior Associate for Information and Research. He worked with higher education leaders to design performance indicators to measure progress toward postsecondary education reform in Kentucky, conducted research studies for statewide higher education policy initiatives, and coordinated the analysis and reporting of data and information in support of many other council projects. Prior to working at the council, Patrick was a Research Associate at the National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky.

Patrick completed his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville where he also earned a Master's degree in Sociology. His undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His areas of specialization and interest include research and statistical methodology, policy analysis, and program evaluation.