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Kelly Yordy

Assistant Professor of Higher Education & Director of MAHE Programs

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Kelly Yordy

Assistant Professor of Higher Education & Director of MAHE Programs


  • PhD, Higher Education Leadership & Administration, Indiana State University (2018)
  • MA, Higher Education & Student Development, Taylor University (2009)
  • BA, Communication Studies & Human Resources Management, Taylor University (2005)


Advice for Incoming Freshman

As a member of the first MAHE cohort, I can personally attest to the innumerable benefits of “Consumer Input Technology,” or “students teaching students.” I learned so much from my cohort throughout my two years in the MAHE program, and have continued to be blessed by this network of professional colleagues and personal friends. Take the time to get to know your cohort (as well as the cohorts before and after you), and invest in your relationships with them and the faculty.

How I came to Taylor

I graduated from Taylor in 2005 with a BA in Communication Studies and Human Resources. My husband and I moved down to Florida for a couple of years before returning to Taylor in 2007. Brad worked as the Director of Scholarship and Stewardship, and I started the MAHE program. I was very fortunate to receive the Swallow Robin Residence Hall Director assistantship, and we spent two years living and working with the 70 students of Swallow. Taylor is home to us, and Brad and I cannot imagine raising our family anywhere besides Upland!


I live half a mile from campus with my wonderful husband Brad, who serves as the Athletic Director at Eastbrook High School. We have three young children who keep us on our toes! Max was born in 2009, Molly in 2011, and Mason in 2012. We are also blessed to have lots of family in town, and a great community of friends, as well.

With three small children so close in age, I can honestly say that I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies right now! I love spending time with my husband and kids, as well as getting together with our family and friends around town. I also volunteer at our church, and support my husband and our local community by cheering on the Eastbrook Panthers.

Major Career Accomplishments

Co-Creator of Leadership Exploration for Women, a leadership development program for professional, entry-level faculty and staff at Taylor University, Anderson University, Huntington University, and Indiana Wesleyan University.