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Kevin O'Kelley named assistant VP for research compliance at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota announced today the promotion of Kevin O’Kelley to assistant vice president for research compliance. O’Kelley, currently director of environmental health and safety, will begin his new role at USD on June 23.

As assistant vice president for research compliance, O’Kelley will oversee several areas, including animal welfare, human subjects protection, environmental health and safety, export controls, conflict of interest, and research misconduct. Reporting to the incoming interim vice president for research, Mary Berry, Ph.D., O’Kelley’s position will enable both the campus community and external regulatory agencies to work seamlessly with the university. Coupled with software improvements planned for FY15, the new structure in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will facilitate “one-stop shopping” for researchers. Contact information for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is online at

O’Kelley joined USD in 2012, bringing significant experience in regulatory compliance from industry. While at USD, he has served on the Institutional Biosafety Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and emergency operations team, in addition to several other responsibilities.

“Kevin’s outstanding skill dealing with complex issues and diverse groups of people makes him the ideal person for the AVPRC position,” said Laura Jenski, Ph.D., retiring vice president for research. “He will do an excellent job ensuring compliance with regulations while facilitating the work of our researchers.”

A photo of O’Kelley is available for download at


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News