The University of North Georgia has a new leader of economic and community development at its helm, recently announcing the change in directorship.
Kay Keller, a Watkinsville resident, started in the position Sept. 25, replacing previous director Tate O’Rouke.
Prior to accepting the job, she most recently served as president of the Oconee Chamber of Commerce.
she managed the chamber’s operations and played an active role in “new
businesses development and regional economic development projects.”
Under her leadership, chamber membership grew from 450 to 590 members.
proud and excited to be part of a university that is an active partner
in the economic success of northeast Georgia,” Keller said. “UNG’s
growing influence will help develop a workforce that will enhance the
quality of life for everyone in the region.”
UNG has more than 19,000 students on five campuses: Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee County.
is a significant economic engine that generates an annual economic
impact of more than $625 million on the communities it serves,” said
Kate Maine, chief of staff at UNG. “Further, UNG supports economic
development through educational attainment, workforce development and
community collaborations that leverage the university’s talent and
resources in northeast Georgia, the region and beyond.
pleased to have someone with Kay’s experience and knowledge of the
region to lead initiatives focused on economic and community
As director, Keller will help direct UNG’s Regional
Education and Economic Development (REED) initiative, an “ongoing effort
to collaborate with leaders in business, government, community and
education from across northeast Georgia to increase educational
attainment and advance economic development.”
She received her BBA
in marketing from the University of Georgia and serves on the Oconee
Industrial Development Authority, Georgia’s Innovation Corridor Joint
Development Authority, the Watkinsville Trade and Tourism Association
and the Oconee Advisory Board for United Way