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Former N.Y. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to Speak at Drew U.

Ray Kelly

MADISON, NJ - Raymond Kelly, the longest-serving police commissioner of New York, will speak at Drew University’s Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.

Kelly led the New York City Police Department in 2002, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and created the first counterterrorism bureau of any municipal police department in the nation.

Kelly is the second speaker in the Drew Forum series, which brings renowned speakers to the Drew campus.

Kelly served two non-consecutive terms—from 2002 to 2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and from 1992 to 1994 under Mayor David N. Dinkins. He currently serves as president of Cushman & Wakefield’s risk management services division. A 43-year veteran of the NYPD, Kelly served in 25 different commands before being named police commissioner. He was appointed to the New York City Police Department in 1963.

Tickets are $128 for the series and may be purchased through the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Box Office at (973) 408-3917 For more information about The Drew Forum, visit

The Drew Forum, established in 1994, is the region’s leading public lecture venue. Past speakers have included American statesmen, foreign heads of state, nationally known journalists, and noted historians. The Drew Forum lecture series is presented through the generosity of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation. The Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer is supported by an endowment created in honor of former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean, who was president of Drew University from 1990 to 2005.


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