URI Appoints Mahoney as Executive Director of External Relations and Communications

Thursday, January 15, 2015


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Kelly Mahoney

Kelly Mahoney has been appointed as the executive director of external relations and communications at the University of Rhode Island. 

Mahoney is a resident of North Kingstown and a graduate of URI in 2002. Mahoney will take over for Kerrie Bennett who served the same position in an interim role until June of 2014. 

The announcement was made by URI President David Dooley. 

“Kelly has a comprehensive and deep knowledge of the workings of state government, from the intricacies of the budget process, to big picture initiatives, such as economic development and improving our educational system, which will help move our state and its flagship university forward,” Dooley said of the new hire. 

In her new role with URI, Mahoney reports to the president and is a member of his senior leadership team.

She will serve as lead University liaison to the Rhode Island General Assembly, Office of the Governor, the Rhode Island Board of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education. 

“I bring my government relations and policy experience to the University, and will work hard to add value to everything that is happening at URI,” Mahoney said of her new role. 


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