Kelly appointed as new dean of College of LAE

Dr. Hilton Kelly
Dr. Hilton Kelly

University of Wisconsin-Platteville Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Tammy Evetovich announced the selection of Dr. Hilton Kelly as the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education. 

“I am excited to be welcoming Dr. Kelly to our team here at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville,” said Evetovich. “I think the Platteville community will find him to be an avid learner and achiever that will advocate for the important foundation and professional growth provided by the excellent faculty and staff in the College of Liberal Arts and Education. He is truly a collaborative leader with great ideas and holds a strong commitment to student success.”

Kelly currently serves as department chair of the Educational Studies Department and Professor of Educational Studies and Africana Studies at Davidson College in North Carolina. In his tenure, he has served as director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Studies at Davidson, president of the American Educational Studies Association, dean of Liberal Arts and Humanities at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and is currently an American Council on Education higher education leadership fellow. Kelly has expertise in the sociology of education, race and racism, memory, and the age of Jim Crow, among other areas. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in labor studies and Ph.D. in sociology, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. 

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education,” said Kelly. “The incredibly warm and friendly campus environment left a huge impression on me. I look forward to working collaboratively with my new colleagues and students to uphold the institution’s reputation for a high-quality transformative education with deliberate actions for students’ professional advancement. I am grateful to Chancellor Dennis Shields, Provost Tammy Evetovich and the search committee for their confidence in me. UW-Platteville will continue to be a vibrant center for academic excellence, professional advancement and lifelong learning.”   

Kelly will begin his appointment on June 1.