Staff Council

Staff Recognition


SPU staff members of the month are nominated by their peers and selected by Staff Council. If you would like to nominate a person for this recognition, proceed to the nomination page.

Meet the SPU Staff Member of the Month for May 2018


Clint Kelly

Communications Specialist; Senior Response Writer
University Communications

Hometown: Portland, Oregon


How long have you been at SPU?

30 years

Tell us about a memorable day at work.

To be a “teller” of SPU stories is one of the best jobs in the world. A good day at work is when I can interview a student, a donor, or a faculty/staff member, see them light up at what God has been doing in their lives, and then capture the story in 500 or 1,000 words or more.

Strange to hear, probably, but I am especially captivated by the Footnotes section of Response magazine where in 75 words or less, I must provide snapshots of some pretty amazing lives — and passings. Obituaries are fertile ground for storytellers. I’ve had the honor of interviewing dozens of interesting Falcons, including POW Jake DeShazer, data scientist Christalyn Steers McCrum, and, posthumously, Kassa Wolde-Mariam, secretary to King Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.

How does your faith impact your work?

Part of SPU storytelling is drawing out the various ways that the Holy Spirit moves in people’s lives, be they Harold Crawford, the carrot king, or Bonnie Prather, Broadway wardrobe assistant. To handle the historic letters of one-time slave trader John Newton or hear hair-raising tales of jungle medicine from career missionary Marti Ensign, is to tell God’s story through his human agents.

My faith allows me to write as boldly as they tell their stories. To share that faith with all of them, and with all my co-workers — through weekly devotions and prayer — is an unbelievable blessing in this secular and chaotic world.

Tell us the piece of your life journey that brought you to Seattle Pacific?

I was freelance writing and producing Northwest Christian News, a monthly for churches in Snohomish County, when I attended a writers conference at SPU. A fellow writer friend and SPU grad, Alice Kalso, was at that conference, told me about the job opening in University Communications, and urged me to apply. My only degree was an associate’s degree, and that in forestry, and my portfolio of published articles seemed all-too-thin. But I applied and, after running a gauntlet of interviews, was hired by John Glancy, who then was director of UC.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

Read, sit on the dock of the bay, and spend time with my four kids and six grandkids. I guess that’s three things, but they sometimes merge.

I was recently in the shadow of Harborview Hospital with my daughter and two of my grandkids watching 120 goats clear six acres of weeds and tall grass. Did you know that a goat is considered “an old goat” at about 13 years? Same age as my grandson! Somehow it made me feel better.

What’s something that few people know about you?

I and a team of others ran a 24-hour marathon and set a world record for the most collective miles run in one place in one day as recognized by Runner’s World magazine.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Working with my talented and creative UC teammates. Among them are graphic design, web design, and web development experts; management gurus; editorial geniuses; grammatical wizards; and social media savants who are just plain fun and inspirational to be around.

What’s the most important thing that you’d want people to know about you?

That God is my rock, my shield, and my deliverer. Almost half my life has been spent at SPU and it has been the Lord’s immeasurable blessing all the way.

Anything else you would like to share?

Will work for bacon.

Please join Staff Council in congratulating Clint Kelly as the May 2018 Staff of the Month!