Chatham University

Business Administration (MBA) Faculty and Staff

David W. Kelly, Ph.D.

David W. Kelly,
Adjunct Faculty
Hometown : Williamsburg, VA
Joined Chatham : 2008

Academic Areas of Interest

Primary healthcare in underserved communities, quality measurement and management, establishment of nurse managed centers, and the development of sustainability business plans.

Personal Areas of Interest

Kodokan judo, jujitsu, karate, and hiking


David enjoys teaching health and health-related topics that make a difference in the lives of people in greatest need. He has taught nursing and other health administration and business courses at the undergraduate- and graduate-levels. David has had a long career as a health professional (registered nurse), educator, and administrator. Recently, he retired from the U.S. Public Health Service completing 42 years of government service (active and reserve). Most recently he served as a Deputy Executive Officer at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Some of his other assignments include: Director of the Commissioned Corps Academy, Senior Policy Analyst in the DHHS Bureau of Primary Health Care Office of Quality, Deputy Director in the DHHS Bureau of Health Professions Division of Health Careers Diversity Development, and Nursing Bureau Chief in the Arlington Health Division of the Virginia Department of Health.


  • Ph.D., Business Administration, Specialization in Healthcare Administration, Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ
  • C.A.G.S., Nursing Education, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • M.S., (Health Care) Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • B.S., Nursing, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY
  • A.A.S., Nursing, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY


  • Kelly, D. (2006). The academic nursing centers: The history of federal support. In S. Reel & K. Bunker (eds.) Business and Legal Essentials for nurse practitioners. Elservier.
  • Kelly, D. (2003). A selected analysis of the nursing shortage: A look to the issues of recruitment and retention in explaining the new nursing shortage of registered nurses. Dissertation at Northcentral University, pp.129.
  • Clear, J., Starbecker, M., Kelly, D. (1999). Nursing Centers and Health Promotion: A federal vantage point. Family & Community Health. 21(4):1-14. (Recipient of 1999 Julia R. Plotnick Publication Award)


  • Certified - Public Health Administrator through the Public Health Practitioner Certification Board
  • Certified - Emergency Response Coordinator through the Public Health Practitioner Certification Board
  • Certified - Black Belt Instructor, Coach, and Referee, USA Judo, Judo Federation, and Judo Association


  • Numerous military and uniformed service awards
  • HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, 2002
  • HHS Secretary’s Recognition Award for Heroism and Volunteerism, 2001
  • Prince William County, VA Commendation for Athletic Excellence (Commonwealth Judo Champion), 2000


  • Sigma Iota Epsilon
  • Sigma Theta Tau
  • National League for Nursing


  • DHHS Health Resources & Services Administration Representative to The Joint Commission
  • Fellow, DHHS Primary Health Care Policy Fellowship, Rockville, MD