Larry Kelley joins Brookwood Group; Leads Higher Education Practice / by Andrew Duncan

Brookwood is extremely pleased to announce that Lawrence R. Kelley has agreed to become a shareholder and employee. Larry will join Alan Katz, Jim Mueller, Doug Bulleit and Shepherd Heery as a member of Brookwood’s Board of Directors. As a new Principal of Brookwood Group, Larry will lead the firm’s Higher Education practice. This will include strategic advisory services for colleges and universities, collaborative property development activities, and program management services.

As Brookwood’s Managing Principal, Higher Education, Larry will work with every member of our firm, especially including Mark Zuffo who, like Larry, has many years of career experience as an employee of a university. These extraordinarily valuable experiences enable both Larry and Mark, as leaders within Brookwood Group, to help us all more fully understand and effectively serve the needs of our clients and development partners.

For the past decade, Larry has been Brookwood’s client at Cal Poly and Georgia State University. Upon his recent retirement from Cal Poly, Larry and his wife, Diane, relocated from San Luis Obispo to their home state of Ohio. They are based in Akron, which now becomes a new service delivery location for Brookwood Group.

As a former university senior executive officer, Larry has a passion for higher education and, specifically, for discovering and implementing new, better and more cost effective ways to help university leaders deliver services and facilities that ultimately benefit students.

The focus of Larry’s career has been in financial and administrative leadership in both private business and not-for-profit environments. At Cal Poly, Larry was an executive officer in support of the University’s President. During Larry’s nearly twelve years at Cal Poly, twenty major capital projects were completed with a combined cost of $750 million. The projects included new student housing, housing for faculty and staff, a major stadium renovation, new academic and administrative buildings, a recreation center, and a technology park, among others.

At Georgia State University in Atlanta (from 1996 to 2002), Larry was involved in the development of a new recreation center, a second campus outside of Atlanta, acquisition, demolition and construction of a new academic building and an innovative public/private partnership for student housing.

Previously, Larry also served in senior leadership roles at the University of Maine, Kent State, Miami University and the University of Akron where he began his career in higher education as Budget Director.

Larry has been active in the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the Society for College and University Planning.