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Associate Education Director Conferred Award of Excellence

By Beth Michaels

Ian Kelly, DMin (pictured), 10-year associate director for the Columbia Union’s Office of Education, was recently awarded the General Conference Award of Excellence.

This second highest award of the Office of Education of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church has been conferred 146 times since 1974. Nominees are required to have served at least 15 years in Adventist education as a teacher, administrator, or educational leader, and admired by his or her peers.

Kelly has spent the past 30 years in numerous schools and entities spanning several divisions during the past 30 years. His positions have included director of admissions, registrar, pastor, principal, and school superintendent.

“This opportunity has been possible through the kindness of the Columbia Union and my colleagues in the Office of Education,” commented Kelly. “In some ways, it is undeserved, but I am thankful for the gift given by my family, colleagues, and friends. I am determined to be even more focused on service.”

“I am very gratified to know that my colleague has been recognized for his lifelong contributions to Adventist education and, more specifically, for his 12-plus years of service in the Columbia Union Conference," said Hamlet Canosa, EdD, the Columbia Union’s education vice president, who presented the award along with Larry Blackmer, vice president for education for the North American Division.