Tom Kelly

Portrait of Tom Kelly standing in Dimond Library's Special Collections with wood scupture by Edwin Scheier in the background.Tom Kelly is the first director of the Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) at the University of New Hampshire where he collaborates with faculty, staff, students and others in the development of teaching, research, policy and outreach activities related to the OSP's four educational initiatives in biodiversity, climate, culture and sustainability, and food and society. He has been working in the field of higher education and sustainable development for more than fifteen years in the US as well as in Colombia and Brazil. Current activities include serving on the planning and program committee for the UNH Master of Public Health (MPH) Program and teaching in the MPH option in Public Health Ecology. He is a co-principal investigator on the INHALE project, a NOAA funded research effort by the UNH Climate Change Research Center in collaboration with the School of Health and Human Services to investigate the effect of climate variability, air quality and weather on human health in New England. Dr. Kelly also serves on the steering committees for the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and the advisory committee for the Community, Food and Agriculture Program at Cornell University. He is working with colleagues in the College of Life Science and Agriculture on the New England Organic Dairy project at UNH as well as the New Hampshire Center for Food Security. He is also a founding member of the Northeast Campus Sustainability Coalition working to coordinate activities in New England for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. Dr. Kelly was a visiting scholar at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California/San Diego, and a visiting professor of transboundary environmental issues in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico DF. In addition to an undergraduate and master’s degree in musical composition and conducting, he holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is married to Sharon Baker, aka Diva Weeva, an award winning soprano and weaver who teaches voice at UNH. They have three wonderful children: Em (19), Madeline (16), and Dylan (12). When not in his office or at home, he can be found swimming laps with a great bunch of UNH colleagues or laboring in his pottery studio.