Commencement Information for Orlando Campus

Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:00 pm

  • Where: First United Methodist Church of Orlando
                142 E. Jackson Street
                Orlando, FL 32801
  • Seating information: Commencement is in the sanctuary. Please let us know if special seating is required.
  • Questions: If you need further information or have questions, please contact Karen Gates at 407-804-1424.
  • Commencement Speaker: Dr. Audrey Kelleher, Vice President for Adult and Graduate Enrollment and Student Services

Audrey Kelleher’s current responsibilities at Belhaven University include leadership of the adult program marketing, admission, and student services functions at multiple campuses throughout the southeastern United States.  Before joining Belhaven, Dr. Kelleher’s experience included serving in the non-profit sector as Executive Director of Lifework Leadership with responsibility for the Orlando Leadership training program and for the operations of the national Lifework Leadership organization. 

Prior to joining Lifework Leadership, Kelleher served as Dean/Director of External Campuses for Palm Beach Atlantic University.  In her leadership role at the university, she opened the Orlando campus and spearheaded expansion into other Florida locations. 

Dr. Kelleher has both a business and educational background with experience as a private school principal, classroom teacher, and formerly the Central Florida Men’s Division Business Planning Manager for JC Penney Company.   At the time she served with the JC Penney Company, she was one of just a few women to achieve the rank of District Business Planning Manager.

She has a B.S. in management and marketing, an M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in leadership and education from Barry University.  Her dissertation focused on the adult learner in higher education. 

Kelleher is a graduate of the CCCU Women’s Advanced Leadership Institute, Leadership Orlando and Lifework Leadership training programs. She currently serves on the leadership council of the Christian Adult Education Higher Education Association (CAHEA), has served on the board of the CCCU Center for Research in Adult Learning and is past president of the Central Florida Higher Education Association. Her passion for the adult learner is evidenced by the chapter she recently published in a book on Integrating Faith and Learning in Adult Programs and she has done several conference presentations on adult learner issues. 

Active in her church, she has served as head of the women’s ministry, bible study teacher, and leader of the prayer ministry.  Understanding the many issues facing women who have careers outside the home, Kelleher worked with a group of local business women to form the J4 Women’s Leadership Group.

Married 34 years to her husband, Jerry, they enjoy spending time with their three grown daughters, their husbands, and two grandchildren.


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