Nancy L. Kelly
Nancy Kelly has enjoyed a career of “firsts.” She was the first female commercial loan officer at Colonial Bank in New Haven, was the first college professor to participate in the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) Externship program, and was part of the first faculty team to design and teach Distance Learning courses. She has consistently looked for new and different opportunities throughout her career—including ways to help others.
Nancy, who is a professor of accounting and coordinator of the accounting program at MxCC, feels she was able to achieve many of these firsts in part because of the great mentoring she has received throughout her career. Early on, she had role models in the banking industry who advised and supported her as she worked to establish the first loan review department, and when she went on to counsel companies that were in financial difficulty and became corpoarate lendng offices. Later, she received guidance from peers and professionals affiliated with the various boards and associations she supported. By collaborating, networking and getting involved, she was able to be at the forefront of various emerging trends and opportunities.
Throughout her 32-year career at MxCC, Nancy has participated on numerous committees that helped shape the school’s accounting program and improve transfer opportunities for MxCC graduates with the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system and the University of Connecticut and various private colleges. She also served on the statewide committee for Award of Collegiate Credit for the American Institute of Banking, and was a faculty representative on the Regional Advisory Board.
As the beneficiary of mentorship, Nancy is committed to “giving back” by mentoring and volunteering as much as possible. She is very active with the United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, as a volunteer tax preparer and as a trainer of other volunteer preparers. She also has been a mentor in the Minority Mentorship Program and has served on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Trails Council of Girl Scouts. She hopes to pass along to her students this spirit of involvement, mentoring and giving back, so they can help positively shape their generation—and beyond.
Nancy earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Connecticut State University. She is an avid reader and member of a classics book club, and enjoys hiking and traveling (recent destinations include Alaska, Oregon, and Europe).