Joe Kelley Gives $500,000 to Crimson Tradition Fund


Monday, November 11, 2002

Joe Kelley
Joe Kelley, during his playing days at UA

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Joe Kelley, a Nashville businessman and University of Alabama alumnus, has given $500,000 to the Crimson Tradition Fund, a $100 million fundraising campaign for athletic facility improvements.

Kelley is a member of the Crimson Tradition Fund Executive Committee, a group of 27 people who have pledged their personal support and are soliciting other key supporters for the drive, which was announced in March.

"When I was a student athlete here, I had the opportunity to play football and baseball with a wonderful collection of student athletes, and many of them have become my life-long friends," Kelley said earlier in announcing his commitment to the committee. "Coach (Paul) Bryant used to speak to us individually and as a group saying, 'Men, you should learn to love the University.'  I never understood what he was saying and even today I am not sure exactly what he meant, but I am getting close."

Kelley said his gift represents his love for and commitment to The University of Alabama. "We want our athletic program to be second to none in scholarship, victories, character, and integrity," he said.

Kelley, who earned his bachelor of science degree in commerce and business administration from UA, is a senior consultant with Kroll Inc.'s Nashville-based Corporate Services Group. He joined the company in November 2001 to spearhead the launch and expansion of the firm's disability integrity program. The program, which helps distinguish between deceptive and deserving disability claims, is intended as a cost-saving measure for insurers. Kroll is a global risk consulting firm specializing in investigative, intelligence and security services.

In September 2001, Kelley retired as president, chairman and chief executive officer of American General Life and Accident Insurance Company. He started his career as life insurance agent with Prudential Insurance Company and assumed positions of increasing responsibility with that company over a 24-year period.

Kelley is a member of the executive committee of the board of trustees of The American College and serves in a leadership capacity with numerous Tennessee business and civic organizations, including the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Tennessee Association of Business, the Nashville Sports Council, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Middle Tennessee Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Kelley and his wife Margaret have three children, Joseph, Katherine and Anna, all UA graduates.  Kelley was a quarterback for the Crimson Tide Football team, lettering in 1966, 1967 and 1968. He also pitched for the baseball team.

The Crimson Tradition Fund, chaired by Paul Bryant Jr., seeks to raise $50 million from private gifts and another $50 million from the issuance of bonds.

Funds for the campaign are targeted for the renovation of Paul W. Bryant Hall into an academic support center for student athletes and, in conjunction, construction of a residence hall for freshmen and sophomore football players and College of Engineering students; an expansion of the football complex to include a new weight room, revitalized dressing rooms, squad room and recruiting center; new turf for the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Area, which has already been completed; modernization of Coleman Coliseum, including a new lobby, coaches' offices and concourse and seating areas; new tennis and soccer complexes; and expansion of the north end zone of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

For more information on the Crimson Tradition Fund Campaign, contact the University Advancement Office at 205/348-4772.

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