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Eric Kelly's Bio

Eric Damian Kelly, J.D., Ph.D., FAICP

Eric Damian Kelly is a city planner and lawyer who currently serves as Professor of Urban Planning at Ball State University. Kelly came to Indiana in 1995 as Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State; he resigned from that position in 1998 but remains on the BSU faculty and served an additional two and one-half years as acting chair of his department. He is a native of Colorado and spent 5 years as Chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University before moving to Indiana. In 1999, Kelly was named one of the first 46 members of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Also in 1999, Gov. Frank O’Bannon appointed Kelly to the new Indiana Land Resources Council; he has been reappointed by two subsequent governors. At the Fall 2000 Convocation at Ball State, Kelly was named one of three University Teaching Professors for the 2000-01 academic year. Kelly is a past president of the American Planning Association. In May 2010 he was elected chair of the Ball State University Senate for the 2010-11 Academic Year.
A graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Kelly also received Juris Doctor and Master of City Planning Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in public policy from The Union Institute. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary society.


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