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UW President Appoints Special Assistant

September 19, 2022
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Kelsey Kyne

An experienced leader who has filled a variety of roles in higher education has been appointed as a special assistant to University of Wyoming President Ed Seidel.

Kelsey Kyne, most recently the chief operating officer in the University of Tennessee’s Division of Student Success, will begin her job at UW Oct. 24.

She will be responsible for a broad range of public relations activities related to the strategic direction of the university and its leadership. Additionally, she will take on special projects and assist in the day-to-day activities of the Office of the President, including stewardship, external relations, communications and collaborations with the president’s cabinet, of which she will be a member.

“We’re excited to have Kelsey come aboard and fill this important new role in our administration,” Seidel says. “She will draw from a wide diversity of experience in higher education as she helps us move forward to both shore up the foundations of the university and advance important initiatives.”

At the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Kyne has overseen facilities, human resources and finance for the Division of Student Success. Her previous positions at Florida State College-Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and the University of Florida College of Pharmacy were related to student affairs, fiscal management, institutional effectiveness and accreditation.

As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about creating and enhancing opportunities for students of all backgrounds to pursue their goals through higher education.

“I am honored and excited to join the University of Wyoming as the special assistant to the president,” Kyne says. “In this role, I look forward to working closely with President Seidel, as well as faculty, staff and students, to advance the university’s mission of cultivating a rich community of scholarship, creativity and achievement.”

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a concentration in international development and humanitarian assistance, from the University of Florida and a Master of Education in educational leadership from the University of North Florida. She is a doctoral candidate in Florida State University’s Educational Leadership and Policy Program.

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