Marisa Kelly

Marisa Kelly is an American political scientist and academic administrator who currently serves as the president of Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

Marisa Kelly
President of Suffolk University
Assumed office
Personal details
Alma materCalifornia State University, Sacramento (B.A.)
San Francisco State University (M.A.)
University of Kansas (Ph.D)

Kelly received a B.A. in Government from California State University, Sacramento in 1986 and an MA in Political Theory from San Francisco State University. She then earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1994.

From 1994 to 2006 Kelly served as a faculty member and administrator at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. She then worked as dean and McQuinn Distinguished Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) from 2006 to 2011. Kelly served as provost and vice president at Ithaca College from 2011 to 2014, and joined Suffolk as provost in 2014. She served as interim president of Suffolk University before being appointed president in 2018.[2]


  1. ^ Marisa Kelly formally installed as Suffolk University's president The Boston Globe-Oct 12, 2018
  2. ^ Suffolk Biography accessed June 18, 2019