Dr. Audrey Kelleher has served at Belhaven University as the vice president of adult and graduate marketing and development for 10 years and as the vice president for adult, graduate, and online studies for the last 5 years before moving into her current role as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs in May 2023. Under her leadership, Belhaven University initiated a massive effort to rewrite and strengthen the online curriculum, improve the online student experience, and add several new online programs, including doctoral-level education.
In addition, she spearheaded entrepreneurial partnerships with China, India, Canada, Third Mill Institute, and others. Dr. Kelleher also serves as Belhaven’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation liaison and represents Mississippi on the SACSCOC Peer Review Advisory Board.
Before joining the University, Dr. Kelleher served other educational institutions as associate vice president of enrollment services, dean/director of external campuses, and executive director for a non-profit organization. She also has 20 years of experience in business, coming up through the leadership ranks at J.C. Penney until she was called to education, where she began as an elementary classroom teacher and then as principal.
Dr. Kelleher earned her Ph.D. in Leadership and Education from Barry University and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Her undergraduate work at UCF was a double major in management and marketing.