President Michael Ortiz has announced that Dr. Peggy Kelly, professor and associate dean of the College of Education at CSU San Marcos, will lead Cal Poly Pomona's College of Education & Integrative Studies as its new dean, effective Sept. 1.
Kelly has tremendous experience both as an administrator and faculty member, successfully completing accreditations, raising funds and improving technology in the classroom. Committed to providing a diverse educational environment, she is an enthusiastic supporter of shared governance and working collaboratively with others.
"Considering my background and passion for education, I cannot imagine a better opportunity than Cal Poly Pomona," Kelly said. "The College of Education & Integrative Studies enjoys a cadre a talented educators, all committed to making a difference in the lives of California's most important asset -- teachers. I would like to thank President Ortiz, Interim Provost Lujan, Provost denBoer and the entire CEIS faculty and staff for their confidence. We will hit the ground running on Sept. 1."
Kelly has received several awards recognizing her efforts in integrating technology and education. Most recently, she received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Society for Technology in Education. Also, many of her published writings and presentations address technology standards, enhancing curriculum with computers and training teachers to use technology.
"Finding the right person for this position was extremely important for the College of Education & Integrative Studies and the entire university. So I cannot be more pleased that Peggy accepted our invitation to join the Cal Poly Pomona family," Ortiz said. "Her leadership and professional experience made her a natural choice, one that will provide immediate support for the college. I would be remiss if I did not recognize the efforts of Dr. Barbara Way, who has pulled double-duty in leading CEIS and the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences for two years. Dr. Kelly will inherit an organization that is well-positioned for the challenges that lie ahead."
As a grant writer and team leader, Kelly was instrumental in securing a $7.8 million construction grant for the Cal State San Marcos Center for Children and Families. She has also received more than $1.8 million in grants from various sources to support her efforts in integrating technology and education.
At CSU San Marcos, Kelly also serves as the director of Teacher Education and director of Graduate Programs in the College of Education. Previously, she was an associate professor in the Teacher Education Department at Fresno State University and an assistant professor in the Elementary Education Department at Weber State College in Utah.
Kelly received her doctorate degree through a joint study at Utah State University and the University of California, Los Angeles. She also attended San Diego State University, where she earned a master's degree in mathematics education and remedial reading and a bachelor's degree in social sciences and mathematics. She began her career in K12 schools, teaching at the elementary level and training middle school and secondary teachers in mathematics.