Professor Kelly wins big honor from USG

As of last week, James R. Kelly is not merely a professor.

He’s a Beacon.

Fordham’s United Student Government bestowed upon him its Beacon Exemplar Award, the highest honor the USG can give to a member of the Fordham community. Will Marcley (GSB ’13), the senior class president, nominated him.

“There is nobody more deserving of this award than Professor Kelly,” Will said. “His numerous contributions to the Gabelli School will benefit students for decades to come.”

Professor Kelly’s most recent big contribution is the design of the value investing specialization at the Gabelli School — an accomplishment that is noted on the proclamation from USG. The award also cites his work with the Finance Society, which has become a thriving student organization that brings prominent speakers to campus, often through Professor Kelly’s own personal connections.

“His real-world experience has really helped us to have better insights, not just into the industry, but into markets,” said Mike Gamber (GSB ’13).

“He’s a great mentor to students,” John Mantia (GSB ’13) added. “He teaches some of the most popular classes in the Gabelli School, including the Student Managed Investment Fund and Introduction to Value Investing. He really facilitates class discussion and encourages thoughtful learning.”

At the award ceremony, Professor Kelly thanked USG and Fordham students. “I think you will look back on this time at Fordham as a real inflection point, where the school is really rocketing up,” he said. “Your decision to attend Fordham was a value investment that will pay dividends and capital gains throughout the rest of your lives.”

Photograph courtesy of John Mantia.

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