Kay Keller is the new director of economic development and community engagement at the University of North Georgia, effective Sept. 25.
Keller comes to UNG from the Oconee Chamber of Commerce, where she served as president since 2013. In addition to managing the chamber’s operations and supporting the organization’s members, Keller was active in new businesses development and regional economic development projects. Keller 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. Under Keller's stewardship, chamber membership grew from 450 to 590 members.
In her new role, Keller will provide leadership to 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.