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Menlo College President Jim Kelly elected to Joint Venture board

San Jose, Calif. – March 11, 2011 – Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network announced today that Menlo College President Jim Kelly has been elected to the organization's board of directors, filling the seat recently vacated by former Menlo president Tim Haight.

Kelly, who became Menlo president on January 1, had been executive vice president and provost since 2007, following earlier senior administration roles with California State University East Bay, where he was interim provost and associate vice president for continuing and international education, and CSU Los Angeles. An expert in new program development, Kelly has garnered more than $41 million in grants, contracts and gifts during his career.

Kelly earned his undergraduate degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, an MSSW from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy Management at Brandeis University.

The 50-member Joint Venture board of directors includes senior-level representatives from business, local and regional government, academia, labor and workforce organizations and the broader community.

Among Joint Venture’s current regional initiatives are programs to support economic development, strengthen climate protection, establish a disaster resiliency center, broaden the region's wireless network and beautify the El Camino Real.

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