A native of Atkins, Ark., Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark., and her master’s in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.
She was hired as director of Communications and Marketing in July of 2013.
Kelly started her career in broadcast journalism in the Little Rock market before taking a position with Tyson Foods, where she managed public relations for their charitable giving division for eight years.
Kelly moved to Oklahoma City in 2005 and was hired by Canadian Valley Tech Center in Chickasha as its Communications & Marketing Director.
Since then, Kelly has been involved heavily in the Chickasha community. She served on the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board and completed the Leadership Chickasha program in 2006.
Kelly also earned her national accreditation in public relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board in 2011.
Kelly lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Travis Arnold, COO of Feed The Children. Kelly has one son who attends OCCC, three step-daughters and six step-grandchildren.
Reviewing the posts on my LinkedIn profile, I ran across this article about global perceptions of liberal arts education. I thought this report revealing, particularly as it highlights the differences between the US and our major economic competitors around the world. In short, it seems that in reaction to the economic recession of 2007, the United States has retreated from the broad-based education typified by the liberal arts. Instead, it has tightened its focus on what I would call job centered education.
Only though education can a people appreciate, value, preserve and contribute to their own freedom and self-governance. in USAO, I find an unequaled partner in my desire to help others obtain an education and through that transform themselves and their communities into their best possible versions.
Dr. Donna Gower (left), associate professor of education, Dr. Lee Hester (center), professor of American Indian studies and Dr. John Bruce, professor of language and literature were promoted recently at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Three faculty members at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently earned promotions.
CHICKASHA – After being named head coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Vinson Metcalf did not take long to determine who his right-hand man would be. He chose former Hillcat Chris Francis to join the Drover family.
“I am very excited to have Chris join me to start this new era of basketball at USAO,” Metcalf said. “His background as a player in this league and his knowledge of the game will be tremendous assets to our program.”
Chris Francis is the assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He joined the Drovers in 2013.
Francis, a native of Cleora, Okla., spent a year as an assistant coach at LSU Shreveport, a Red River Athletic Conference school with a reputation for high-quality basketball, before coming to USAO. In the year he was there, the Pilots made an appearance in the semi-finals of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
Francis said he thought USAO was a perfect fit for him not only because it brought him closer to family and friends but also because of the type of coaches and athletes at the institution.
Not only does Francis have experience against members of the SAC, but he also has experience coaching against some of the schools entering the conference this season. Both Southwestern Assemblies of God and Texas Wesleyan play in the RRAC with LSUS.
Both Metcalf and Francis are interested in coaching a “run and gun” style of basketball, which isn’t what the SAC is traditionally known for.
Francis started his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant at Rogers State University in 2011-12 as the Hillcats made an appearance in the quarterfinals at the NAIA Division I National Championship. During his senior campaign in the 2011-12 season, he helped lead the Cats to their first appearance in the round of eight in the team’s second appearance at the national tournament.
Francis was one of the first signees to the Hillcat program. He ended his career with 800 points and became the all-time career record holder for games played (123), steals (139) and minutes played (2,498). Francis was one of four recipients of the Pattison Family Foundation Scholarship and was recognized as a Champion of Character.