Board Chairman – University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Board
Francis X. Kelly
Francis X. Kelly has carved out an exemplary leadership role in public service, business, politics and civic involvement. He has years of experience turning around troubled institutions both for Baltimore County and the state of Maryland. Kelly was asked by leaders of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) to serve as chairman of the new board of directors of its latest acquisition, St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.
A resident of Hunt Valley, Md., Kelly and his wife, Janet, founded a small insurance company in the basement of their Timonium home in 1976. Today, Kelly & Associates Insurance Group is one of Maryland's fastest growing privately held firms and the region’s leading health insurance broker/administrator with 13,000 corporate clients. The expanding enterprise, now run by their four sons, includes payroll and workers compensation administration and employs 450 people at its Hunt Valley and regional offices. Kelly is the company’s chairman.
He served 12 years in the Maryland Senate representing northern Baltimore County (1979-1991) where he helped establish the Spending Affordability Committee that has saved taxpayers billions of dollars. In the Senate, Kelly advocated for the creation of UMMS, the University System of Maryland and upgrading and revamping the state’s Medevac helicopter fleet.
He worked closely with Dr. R Adams Cowley, the father of shock trauma, and was primary sponsor of the law creating the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The UM School of Medicine named the nation’s first chair in trauma surgery after Frank Kelly.
In 1984, his leadership led to the successful separation of the financially challenged University of Maryland Hospital from the University of Maryland. This private, not-for-profit medical center today serves as the hub of UMMS, a $3.5 billion network of 11 hospitals that is a national model of stability, patient safety and medical innovation.
Kelly has been an UMMS director throughout the system’s existence, chairing its Shock Trauma Center board since inception and the University of Maryland Medical Center board. He has led the UMMS Acquisitions Committee as the medical system expanded into other parts of the state. Two governors have appointed Kelly to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents where he chairs the Finance Committee.
Sixteen years ago, he was asked by the Baltimore County Executive and legislative leaders to revamp and re-energize the Community College of Baltimore County. As board chairman he consolidated three separate colleges (Catonsville, Essex and Dundalk) into a single, multi-campus institution that is thriving as the state’s largest community college system. CCBC’s Hunt Valley Center is named in his honor. Kelly also served 14 years as vice-chair of the Morgan State University Board of Regents.
Recently, the Kellys were named Philanthropists of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He and his wife also were honored by The Children's Guild, which named its Autism Center after them. He is immediate past chair of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and remains on its board. He spearheaded the University System of Maryland, Baltimore’s $650 million capital campaign, Shock Trauma’s $160 million building campaign and has been prominent in revitalizing the Calvert Hall College High School campus.