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12-01-2015

Clarkson University's Kelly Chezum Elected Vice President of Adirondack North Country Association

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) board of directors has elected as vice president Clarkson University Vice President for External Affairs Kelly O. Chezum.

Kelly O. ChezumANCA is an independent not-for-profit organization working to strengthen key sectors of the economy in the Adirondack North Country.

“ANCA and its community-minded members bring key resources together across our region to help our small towns and small cities address big challenges,” said Chezum. “This is an exciting time to be a part of a larger vision for accelerating positive changes happening across the region in local food production, clean energy, a thriving arts scene, tourism and support for locally owned businesses.”

Since incorporation in 1955, ANCA has developed and managed programs across all 14 counties in Northern New York State, successfully “investing” millions of dollars from federal and New York State grants as well as private funding, to support community economic development across the region. ANCA’s portfolio of programs, as well as its strengths in fostering dialogue and effective partnerships, bring together the many components that are needed to build stronger, more self-reliant and localized economies throughout the 14-county region.

Chezum has served as Clarkson University's vice president for external relations since 2009, 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.

She resides in Canton, N.Y., with her husband, Brian, and son, Cade.

Read more about ANCA at www.adirondack.org .

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 the health professions, 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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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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