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Dr. John Kenelly

Dr. John Kenelly

Dr. John Kenelly is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Mathematical Association of America. Dr. Kenelly received his B.S. from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1957, his M.S. from the University of Mississippi later in 1957, and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1961. He was an Instructor at the University of Florida for two years before he received his doctorate. He then became an Assistant Professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and then moved on to become an Associate Professor at Clemson until 1968. He became Professor and the Chairman at the University of New Orleans for a short time before he returned to Clemson as Department Head in 1969 and served in that role for eight years. He became an Alumni Distinguished Professor in 1985 until his retirement 1994. Since then he has maintained close ties with the Department in the form of grants and in an advisory capacity.

Dr. Kenelly was the 1994 Alumni of the Year for Southeastern Louisiana University and their commencement speaker in May of 1999. He has had a number of visiting appointments at prestigious institutions, including stints as a visiting scholar at Stanford University in the 1970?s and as a visiting professor at the U.S. Military Academy in the early 1980?s. In 1988, he served as the NSF Program Officer in charge of calculus and from 1988-1989 he was interim Director of the National Advanced Placement Program. Dr. Kenelly was also a member of The Clemson Area Board of Wachovia Bank and its predecessors for two decades.

His publications have ranged from research articles to pieces covering the subjects of development of advanced placement calculus and the mathematics testing and evaluation in secondary schools and in colleges. He was co-author of Calculus Concepts: An Informal Approach to the Mathematics of Change, and wrote extensively on the specific uses of Texas Instrument and Hewlett Packard calculators.

Dr. Kenelly?s activities with the MAA have been numerous and include two separate appointments to the Board of Governors and the Budget Committee, as well as spots on the Investment Committee, Committee on Calculus Reform, and Committee on Testing.