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Kelli Lindley

Vice President for External Relations

Bio: Kelli Lindley has served NNU for over 20 years, most recently moving into the position of Vice President for External Relations after serving eight years as the Director of Athletics and 12 seasons as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Since beginning her role as Director of Athletics, Kelli made a significant impact on NNU’s athletic department, realizing first-time accomplishments in the athletic competition realm, unprecedented academic honors by student-athletes and procurement of significant lead gifts for various projects. In addition, she established strong community engagement within the Treasure Valley, including the re-establishment of the Nighthawks Athletic Association. While coaching, Kelli compiled a 202-131 career record and led her teams to five NCAA Division II National Tournament bids. She earned a BA in Communication from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. As the VP for External Relations, Kelli will oversee NNU’s external relations sector, which includes marketing and communications, advancement, alumni relations, community and government relations, and the Northwest Nazarene University Foundation, Inc. and its Board of Directors. Kelli and her husband, Jeremy, have two sons, Tanner and Colton.

Fun Fact: Played basketball in college.

Favorite Thing About Working at NNU: “The amazing community of people all striving to make a difference in a meaningful way!”