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Alumna Assumes New Director of Enrollment Services Post

Kelly Bott and Dean Rogers
Kelly with Dean Rogers

Kelly was energized by her work as a pre-college advisor while an undergraduate at Ohio University. Interaction with students and creative problem solving combined to make the work challenging and rewarding. Kelly's mother, director of undergraduate programs at Wright State University's College of Business, was the first to identify the emerging passion that would eventually unite Kelly with her calling.

Graduating from Ohio University in the midst of the 1991 recession, Kelly felt fortunate to land a position as a claims representative with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance. An interest in law was the natural outgrowth of her work investigating, negotiating, and settling automobile accident claims. Her interest in law was further heightened by Lori Clary '96, an Ohio University classmate and friend who was attending Moritz. Says Kelly, "Lori made law school sound intriguing."

Kelly, who applied to Moritz at the end of the application cycle in 1995, was wait-listed. Undaunted, she took her first year at the University of Dayton. Near the top of her class at Dayton, she was able to transfer to Moritz the following fall.

Kelly loved law school. The quality of instruction and intellectual vitality of Moritz was unlike any educational experience she had ever had. She forged close relationships with professors Foley, Brudney, Jacobs, Beazley and others in and out of the classroom. On the Moot Court Board of Governors, she found a special mentor in advisor Rob Solomon. Kelly graduated with honors and calls law school "the best three years of my life." She adds, "I would like to make it my life's work to make current students' law school experience as positive as mine was."

Kelly Bott
Kelly at Jones Day

Following law school, Kelly joined Jones Day's Columbus office. She spent her first two years in litigation and then transferred to tax where she remained for another two years. Kelly says, "I was surrounded by many who found the work so intrinsically rewarding, they would have practiced law for free." Kelly liked the work but lacked the zeal of her peers. She decided to find her own passion.

Kelly returned to the place where she had been happiest, Moritz. She sought the advice of favorite professors and mentors. In discussions with Cybele Smith of the Professional Development staff, a vision began to emerge. Kelly would combine the enthusiasm she had working with students as an undergraduate, her love of learning, and knowledge of law to pursue a career in higher education administration, hopefully in a law school – ideally at Moritz.

Kelly returned to Ohio University where she earned an M.Ed in Higher Education. A graduate assistantship in the Office of the Dean of Students allowed her to put her legal skills to work reviewing compliance issues associated with ADA, FERPA, and the Jeanne Cleary Act among others. She worked closely with students through the Council of Student Leaders and as an advisor to students on course selection and degree requirements.

As graduation approached, so did opportunity in the form of the opening at Moritz. Kelly rose to the top of a list of impressive candidates for the position of Director of Enrollment Services and began work in June. Says Kelly, "I am so happy to be back among so many friends serving the students and alumni of Moritz I care about so much." Kelly doesn't want to wait until the Class of '98 reunion on November 7-8 to begin reconnecting with classmates. Members of the class and other friends wishing to contact Kelly can reach her at bott.15@osu.edu.