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Kelley A. Ellis, CPA, CGMA, CIA, EMBA

Associate Dean, Student Affairs, and Associate Professor of Practice in Accounting

Kelley Ellis is currently the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Accounting at Drake University. Kelley has broad, hands-on accounting knowledge that includes financial reporting, accounting operations, internal/external audit, and financial recruiting at a variety of corporate positions over the past 20+ years. The majority of her career was spent at KPMG within the Assurance practice in the Des Moines and London offices for the financial services sector. She also worked in financial recruiting for Robert Half Finance and Accounting for 5+ years. She has been actively involved in the hiring process throughout her career. Kelley is also a former CFO. She proudly served as the CFO for the Greater Des Moines Partnership. In addition to her professional career, Kelley has also served as an instructor with the Becker CPA Review. She is active in leadership roles with the Iowa Society of CPA's, Institute of Internal Auditors, Financial Executives International, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Kelley is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Kelley doubled majored in finance and accounting at Creighton University and completed the executive MBA at the University of Iowa.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2720
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 328


  • Executive M.B.A., University of Iowa
  • B.S., Accounting and Finance, Creighton University

Areas of Expertise

  • External and internal audit
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