- Distinguished Service Medal (2021)
- Presenter: Michael McRobbie
- Bicentennial Medal (2019)
Kelly Kish is Assistant Vice President for Faculty Advancement in the Office of the Vice President for Research at Indiana University. In this role she oversees efforts to identify the right faculty for the right research opportunities and engages IU supporters and alumni in key faculty initiatives. Kish earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University. She previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of Indiana University and as the Director of the Indiana University Bicentennial.
Kish's research focuses on the history of higher education and higher education administration. She has done significant research on the history of Indiana University and is an expert in the administration of IU President William Lowe Bryan (1902-1937).
Kish received the IU Bicentennial Medal in August 2019 in recognition of her distinguished service as deputy chief of staff in the Office of the President and director of the IU Bicentennial. Kish was further recognized in 2021 with the Distinguished Service Medal for her sustained distinction, notable accomplishments, and other contributions to Indiana University.