Kelly Kish


Bicentennial Medal (2019)


Kelly Kish is the deputy chief of staff, Office of the President, and director of the IU Bicentennial. Kish earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, M.S. and Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University. In her role as deputy chief of staff, Kish serves as a special adviser to President McRobbie overseeing the development and implementation of various special projects, providing support and coordination of the university's honors and awards, and serves as the president's liaison to the Board of Aeons. As director of the IU Bicentennial, Kish directs the office responsible for the development and implementation of the university's bicentennial celebrations, including 26 signature projects, 3 grant programs, hundreds of student interns, and hundreds of volunteers across all IU campuses and throughout the alumni body.

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.