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Clarkson University's Kelly Chezum Named Woman of Distinction Nominee

Clarkson University Vice President for External Relations Kelly O. Chezum was one of several women named a 2013 Woman of Distinction Nominee for the 48th Senate District by New York State Senator Patty Ritchie.

Clarkson University Vice President for External Relations Kelly O. ChezumThe New York State Senate's Women of Distinction Program celebrates the unique contributions of women throughout New York State history, as well as those who are enriching the quality of life in New York's communities today.

The local nominees were honored at a reception with Ritchie on April 11 in Watertown.

“There are many people across the region working together to make the North Country a great place to live, work and learn," said Chezum. "It was an honor to meet and be among the women Senator Ritchie acknowledged last week, as all of us shared a common sense of purpose to make our community a better place.

"Whether you have time to volunteer on a board or take a 'snapshot' assignment to help with a specific activity or event, there are many organizations in our own backyard that would welcome the energy and support that you can provide. As a parent and community member who interacts with many volunteers, I’m grateful that Senator Ritchie is bringing attention to all of these opportunities to get involved.”

Since 2009, Chezum has served as Clarkson University's vice president for external relations, leading the school's integrated marketing communications and long-range planning activities. She has also served as assistant secretary of the board of trustees since 2003. She joined the Clarkson staff in 1999 and has held positions as director of corporate & foundation relations, assistant to the president for strategic advancement and division head for marketing & external relations.

She is a member of the board of directors of the Adirondack North Country Association, a member of the public participation and Adirondack work groups for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, and co-chair of the Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work. She is also past president of the Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley board of directors.

Chezum received her doctoral degree in law and policy from Northeastern University, her MBA from Clarkson, and her bachelor of science in business administration and communication from Carroll University.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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