Thomas & Deborah* Kelly

Thomas & Deborah* Kelly

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Thomas & Deborah*  Kelly

Thomas Kelly, ba '65, went on to obtain his M.B.A. from the University of Kansas in 1967 and joined Arthur Andersen, an international professional services firm. A diverse set of responsibilities included managing partner of electronic commerce ventures, managing partner of operations in Western United States, member of the firm's Board of Partners, Executive Committee and Partner Income Committee. Since retirement from Andersen in 1999, Tom pursues personal family interests while managing a private equity business that includes real estate and retail investments. Tom's professional experience included consulting for an array of clients on business strategy, information technology and management systems. He was a leader in the development of consulting practices in North America, Brazil and Australia. These consulting practices were an integral part of the business that ultimately became the public company, Accenture. His technology experience included leading edge developments in software, executive information systems, modeling, electronic commerce, virtual learning and knowledge sharing systems. Throughout his career, Kelly has been an active board participant for public and private companies and many civic, educational and charitable organizations. Assisting Deborah Gooch, who was the editor of Washburn's first student handbook, led to marriage in 1965. They have three children and five grandchildren. Deb managed the affairs of the family on expatriate assignments in Brazil and Australia as well as five cities in the US. She founded a school that became a model for early childhood education, sat on the boards of several professional music organizations, and continued her interest in art and literature. The Kelly's commitment to Washburn University reflects their belief in educational excellence and recognition of the place that brought them together.