John B. Kelly ’83 and Terri Connor Kelly ’83

As graduates of UD and committed community members, Terri Connor Kelly and John Kelly want to foster the growth and leadership of passionate Delawareans. In 2012, they established the John B. and Terri L. Kelly Athletic Scholarship to support student-athletes who are Delaware residents, and since then have furthered their support by giving $1 million to the new athletic facilities. In June 2018, they supported the College of Engineering by giving $1 million to create the Terri Connor Kelly and John Kelly Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering, an endowed faculty position to aid in growing the ranks of talented young engineering faculty at UD.

Terri serves as vice chair of UD’s Board of Trustees, which she joined in 2009, and is also a trustee of the Unidel Foundation. In 2014, she was honored with UD Alumni Wall of Fame award. As president and CEO for 13 years, Terri has led W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 9,500 associates in 45 plants around the world. On April 1, 2018 she stepped down as CEO, and is now retired from her leadership role at Gore & Associates. Terri is on the board of directors of the Nemours Foundation, one of the nation’s leading children’s health care systems and has recently joined the boards of United Rentals and ASML.  She is a member of the Management Executives’ Society, G100 and the International Women’s Forum. Terri is an active member of the College of Engineering’s Advisory Council.  

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