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Kelly earns PhD in community college leadership

Holmes Community College Director of Housing Robert Jason Kelly recently earned his Doctorate of Philosophy in Community College Leadership. Dr. Kelly’s dissertation was titled “Socioeconomic Status and Rural Community College Student Outcomes.”

“My dissertation discusses how socioeconomic status can impact the overall student outcome at rural community colleges,” Dr. Kelly said.

Dr. Kelly holds an educational specialist degree (in curriculum and instruction) from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. in European history from Mississippi State as well as both a bachelor’s in history and a bachelor’s in English from Mississippi State. He has worked in the field of education for a total of 20 years. For his first 10 years, Dr. Kelly taught and coached at public and private school across the state, and the most recent 10 have been at Holmes. Dr. Kelly served as a history instructor on the Goodman Campus for his first eight years before transitioning into his current role. He was also an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa honor society for four years.

Dr. Kelly and his wife, Dusti, have three sons: Brayden, Brennan and Brighton. In his free time, he enjoys serving as a volunteer youth baseball coach, a volunteer basketball coach at Carroll Academy and as an advisor/speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dr. Kelly loves spending time with his family, playing golf, volunteering for youth sports and attending Holmes events to support the students.

“I always admire the discipline it takes to earn such a prestigious degree,” said Goodman Campus Vice President Andy Wood. “I am so proud of Dr. Kelly and his accomplishments. I know he will do great things in the future.”


IN THIS PHOTO: Pictured is Holmes Community College Director of Housing Jason Kelly, who recently earned a PhD from Mississippi State University.

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