WASHINGTON (May 2, 2012) Timothy M. Kelly of Lexington has been named to the AARP Board of Directors.
“I am honored to serve on AARP’s Board of Directors,” Kelly said. “It is an organization committed to service, inspiring social change and ensuring that people of all backgrounds age with dignity and respect. I look forward to serving AARP members and the broader 50+ population.”
Kelly is a retired newspaper executive who served as president and publisher of the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader for nearly 15 years. He also held key editing positions in Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, Southern California and Lexington. He served three terms on the national board of the YMCA of the YUSA and received the Ida B. Wells Award for diversity achievements in the news industry sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Conference of Editorial Writers. He graduated with honors from the University of Miami (Fla.).
The all-volunteer, 22-member board of directors is the governing body of AARP and approves all policies, programs, activities and services for AARP’s millions of members. Some of the major responsibilities of AARP board members are to approve the budget and monitor AARP finances; determine the association’s state and national legislative policy agenda, and set policy that guides the association’s strategic plans and activities.
AARP received a large number of applicants to become a board member from members all over the country in response to a call for applications. Applications were solicited online and an independent review committee evaluated the submissions and sent its recommendations to the then-current board for approval.
Kelly’s term will end in 2018.