Inauguration of Dr. Robert D. Kelly As the University of Portland's 21st President

Floor Speech

Date: Sept. 22, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BLUMENAUER. Madam Speaker, it is my honor and pleasure to extend my personal congratulations to an exceptional educator and outstanding constituent, Dr. Robert D. Kelly as he celebrates inauguration as the University of Portland's 21st President, first Black president, and first lay president.

Dr. Robert Kelly has more than 25 years of experience working in higher education. A 1994 graduate of Loyola University, Dr. Kelly served on the University's Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2017 while serving in key leadership roles at institutions including Union College, Loyola University Chicago, and Seattle University. He has been a champion for students in various roles from athletics to ministry, community service to equity and inclusion. Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. in Education Policy, Planning, and Administration from the University of Maryland and his master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont.

Dr. Kelly is assuming this leadership mantel at an instrumental time for the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the State of Oregon. We are happy to have him and look forward to his leadership.

On behalf of Oregon's Third Congressional District: Welcome to Portland, Dr. Kelly. Go Pilots.