Kelly T. Clements came to Virginia Tech knowing she wanted to be a public servant. She graduated in 1988 from her undergraduate career with a double major in International Studies and French. She continued her graduate studies at VT and earned a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs in 1990.

She entered public service through the prestigious Presidential Management Fellow program. After a 25-year career with the Department of State, Ms. Clements now serves as Deputy High Commissioner for the The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more commonly known as the UN Refugee Agency; a post she has occupied since 2015.

VT Stories Shorts

A Challenging Year

"I was the first staff member to serve as a constituent on the Board of Visitors, and that happened to be 2006–2007..."

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A Good Shirt Tuck

"He took out a pair of suspenders, and, with great care, attached two of the snaps to the tops of his socks..."

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Read more of Russ Neal, Jr.'s story on our Hokie Tales page.

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Every Hokie has a story, and VT Stories is committed to preserving and sharing as many of these stories as we can.

The VT Stories Oral History Project began in early 2015 as the result of some informal discussions among a small group of faculty, staff, and administrators across disciplines about utilizing the power of story in a number of different ways in a signature pilot project.

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