Ray Kelly

The American Academy

Kelly serves as CEO of The American Academy. He is an accomplished visionary leader, and a leading advocate for the value of technology-enabled education in raising economic and social standards globally. Most recently, Kelly was President and CEO of Utah-based Certiport, the world’s leading provider of technology education and credentialing programs. Prior to joining Certiport, Kelly was a catalyst for positive growth in executive positions with several other technology and education industry companies. As the SVP for client services at Prometric, he drove improved customer satisfaction and enhanced service levels while growing revenue, culminating in the sale of the company to Educational Testing Service (ETS). Prior to his service at Prometric, he was the CEO of ExecuTrain Corporation (a global training company), the SVP of Sales and Marketing for Mentergy Corporation (a publicly traded e-learning provider), the managing executive of Hewlett-Packard's Retail Industry Organization, and vice president at NCR Corporation.

Kelly earned a computer science degree from the University of Coventry in England and a master's degree in business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He has also authored and presented numerous papers on leadership and technology in more than 100 countries. An active community leader, Kelly founded and developed The Cancer Challenge, growing it into one of the world’s premier charity events for cancer prevention and treatment. He also serves on several company boards, including TAA and Corporate Alliance, a Utah-based relationship management and software company.

Graduation Alliance

School district partnerships that place graduation within reach of every student

Graduation Alliance partners with school districts across the nation to help give dropouts and other at-risk students the flexibility, social support and academic interventions they need to get back on the path to graduation. Founded in 2007, Graduation Alliance is dedicated to providing school leaders tools that compliment their existing programs without straining their budgets. Enrolled students enrolled are provided a network of proactive supporters including licensed teachers, academic coaches, local advocates and 24/7 tutors. In addition to its work with at-risk students, Graduation Alliance also operates a private, accredited, online high school focused on providing a wide variety of courses to students of all ages across the globe. 

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