Dr. Kennedy brings 40 years of experience in higher education having served as President of the University of Maine. Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and Provost at University of Maine, Vice President for Research and Associate Provost for Graduate Studies, Texas A&M University, Vice President for Research, University of Maryland, National Science Foundation and numerous faculty positions at the University of Iowa, Washington State University, and Ohio State University.
Dr. Kennedy has served leadership roles in R1, land-grant institutions, advised government bodies, and the board of advisors to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
He has served as a consultant to the Minnesota House of Representatives, Higher Education Committee on Finance and Policy, and as a consultant on research and economic development for Minnesota. Additionally he’s provided leadership to create four Advanced Manufacturing Centers and been cited by the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) for integrated and innovative thinking, planning and implementation.
Dr. Kennedy received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and B.A. from University of Minnesota. Dr. Kennedy and Jennifer Muller have been colleagues and conducting searches for over six years.