July 21, 2006

Kelly O'Brien Joins the Neeley School as Director of the Center for Professional Communication


Kelly T. O'Brien joins the Neeley School of Business at TCU as the director of the Center for Professional Communication. Kelly has a proven record of coaching and professional development at EMC Mortgage Corp., where he provided leadership training with a strong communication focus to VPs and managers.

O'Brien was a TCU graduate teaching assistant and student career counseling intern from 2002-2004. He also taught Speech Communication and supervised juniors and seniors in the Leap Frog program. He holds a Master of Science in Communication Studies from TCU and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communications from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

"I'm looking forward to being part of the Neeley School's direction of providing real-world experience and leadership programs," O'Brien said. "This is an ideal opportunity to have true impact on a student's success."

O'Brien's goal is to work closely with students in creating awareness about personal communication preferences and what impacts those preferences have on achieving personal goals.

The Center for Professional Communications was founded in 1988 by a $1.6-million endowment gift by M.J. Neeley. The CPC is dedicated to providing students with relevant communication tools, training and coaching for success in academic and career pursuits.

This past semester, the CPC conducted 257 group coaching sessions under interim director Lynn Cole, an increase of approximately 25%. "Special thanks and congratulations are in order for Deidre Williams (administrative assistant) who has done an amazing job," Cole announced.

The Center for Professional Communication provides communication assessments, interactive workshops, a resource library, individualized coaching and presentation coaching. For more information, visit www.cpc.tcu.edu


Elaine Cole
Public Relations Manager