"The University of Minnesota plays such an important role in the lives of so many across the state of Minnesota. As an alum, I chose to work here to share that positive impact and promote the good things that our department and university are accomplishing."

Michael Kelly Director of Annual Giving


Michael started with the Gopher Athletics in January of 2018 serving as a Facility Operations Intern with Baseline Tennis Center. He transitioned to the Golden Gopher Fund in spring of 2018 as a Development Assistant and was promoted to Assistant Director of Annual Giving in spring of 2019. Michael's role within the Golden Gopher Fund is the strategic development and execution of annual giving campaigns emphasizing support for the general athletics scholarship fund, the Nothing Short of Greatness Campaign and other sport specific projects. Additionally, Michael works closely with the Gopher Loyalty Program and can frequently be found at these events. Prior to joining Gopher Athletics, Michael spent 3 years working as a student assistant at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with UWL Athletics. As an undergraduate at UW - La Crosse (2017) he studied Sport Management and Economics before earning a Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of Minnesota in spring of 2019.

Connect with Michael Kelly

Email: kell1281@umn.edu

Phone: (612) 625-5119