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Julie-Ann Kelso to Retire After 25 Years

The long-time assistant to Provost Marlin is leaving SDSU after a quarter-century of memories.
Julie-Ann Kelso
Julie-Ann Kelso

A person’s life at home and work will intersect many times in the course of 25 years.

Employees can join a company, and during the time they work there, can get married, have kids, see those kids grow up and leave home — an experience Julie Ann Kelso lived through while working at San Diego State University.  

“One of the fondest memories I have here is seeing all three of my kids go to school here and being able to watch them blossom,” Kelso said.

She retires May 4, leaving behind a long legacy and many memories. She served as an assistant to Provost Nancy Marlin for 12 years and, previously, she worked as an assistant to the dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.

It’s about the people

When asked for her fondest memory at SDSU, she searched for exactly the right one.

“I have so many great memories,” she said.  “It’s impossible to pinpoint just one event as the best one. I will say though that I have met so many wonderful people here and I treasure the friendships I have made.

“The people here are just wonderful and so dedicated,” Kelso said.  “As a university, we should be proud of that — and I am very proud to be a part of it.”

Future plans

Since her husband retired three years ago, he has been anxious for Kelso to join him and start the next part of their adventure together.  

In October, they will head to New England to see the fall colors.  

“But the travel will definitely have to wait until after June,” she said.  “My first grandchild will be born in June, and I will not miss that.”

Legacy

“Julie-Ann has made extraordinary contributions, not only to my work as provost, but also to the work of the entire university,” Marlin said.  “Julie-Ann’s constant professionalism, enthusiasm and genuine helpfulness have been essential to the success of senior academic searches, as just one example – and always result in accolades (often flowers!) from grateful members of the search committee.”

Goodbye reception

The provost’s office is organizing a reception, scheduled for 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 1, in celebration of Kelso’s substantial contributions to SDSU.

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