Dennis Kelly Appointed Director of the National Zoological Park, February 15, 2010

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  • Dennis Kelly is appointed Director of the National Zoological Park,effective February 15, 2010. Prior to his new role at the Smithsonian, Kelly served as the president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta since 2003. Kelly also previously worked with Green Mountain Energy Co., Procter & Gamble, Touche Ross & Co., and Coca-Coal Co. He received a bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University. Kelly replaced Steve Monfort who, from February 2009, served as acting director of the Zoo. Monfort returned to his position as the Zoo's associate director for conservation and science and director of the Conservation and Research Center.
  • In November of 2017, Kelly left the Zoo to serve as acting President of Smithsonian Enterprises, the business unit of the Smithsonian. On September 30, 2018, he left the Smithsonian to becoe the inaugural Dean of the Q. William Hammack School of Business at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.


  • Kelly, Dennis
  • Monfort, Steve
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Coca-Cola Company
  • Harvard University
  • Zoo Atlanta
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Procter & Gamble Company
  • Conservation Biology Institute (National Zoological Park)
  • Smithsonian Enterprises
  • Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, Ga.)


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February 15, 2010


  • Zoos
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  • Personnel management
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  • Zoo--Employees
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees
  • Zoos--Directors

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