Posted on Feb 27, 2004

John E. Kelly III '76

IBM executive John E. Kelly III
'76, a leader in promoting technology initiatives at the College and in the
region, is to receive the MIKE award at the 2004 Summit
in Tech Valley.

The MIKE, which recognizes “mentoring,
inspiration, knowledge and entrepreneurship,” is given in recognition of his
“vision and leadership in elevating Tech Valley's standing in the global
high-tech community,” according to the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of

Kelly, senior vice president and
group executive, Technology, Systems and Technology Group at IBM, will receive
the award at a luncheon on Thursday, May 6. The fourth annual Summit
in Tech Valley
will be held May 5 and 6 at the Empire
State Plaza Convention
Center in Albany.

“Much of the high-tech growth in Tech
Valley can be tied directly to the
support of Dr. Kelly and IBM,” said Ann Wendth, senior vice president of the
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce and lead organizer of the Summit
in a press release. “We are fortunate to have him working on our behalf,”

Kelly also recently was named to “Tech
Valley's Hot 10” list by the
chamber. The list recognized 10 people who have been very influential in the
region's increased focus as a high-tech center.

Kelly, a member of Union's
Board of Trustees, has been a leader in a collaboration in which IBM is
assisting the College with its Converging Technologies initiative. Kelly
received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Union
in 1976. For more about Kelly's involvement with Union,
read the press release about his joining the Board of Trustees: