James Kelly serves as the district director for MSU Extension District 5 which comprises Lake, Mason, Newaygo and Oceana counties. Kelly works with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to help identify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions. Before joining MSU Extension in December, 2018, Kelly served as campus director for Ross Medical Education Center. From 2004 to 2017, he was the dean and director of the Fremont extension site of Baker College of Muskegon, after serving as an admissions advisor in Muskegon for four years. Before joining Baker College, Kelly served in various roles for the YMCA. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Melbourne (Australia) and an MBA from Baker College.