Kelly Hilsey

Kelly Hilsey

  • Assistant Director of Creative Services
421 Ag Admin Bldg
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative strategy and operations
  • Team building
  • Content creation
  • Brand development
  • Project management


  • A.A.S. Delaware County Community College
  • B.S. Misericordia University

Kelly Hilsey, Assistant Director of Creative Services at the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, has more than 25 years of experience working for advertising agencies and in-house creative teams. Kelly manages a team of graphic designers, writers, editors, photographers and multimedia specialists in producing marketing communications and educational products for the college and Penn State Extension. The team is proud to help business owners, farmers, and community members be healthier and more productive and promote the importance of our mission to stakeholders, prospective students, and the community.

The creative team's projects include the popular “Let's Preserve" and “Let's Cook" series, the Master Gardener Manual, The Agronomy Guide, AgSci Magazine, 4-H materials, Penn State Creamery advertising, and a full suite of student recruitment materials.

Kelly's education is in business management, marketing and graphic design, but her passion is in creating compelling messaging, fostering organizational change, and process improvements.

Prior to Penn State, Kelly served as creative director for various organizations including Radford University, Benco Dental, and Condron Media.

Growing up on a small farm in Bradford County, PA, gave Kelly an appreciation for all things ag, but her favorites are fresh raw string beans, the smell of hay, and her mother's canned applesauce.