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Professor of Communication , Associate Provost

Jack Kay was an American academic who was Interim Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Professor of Communication at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Kay, Jack was born on December 20, 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Leon and Emma (Hartmann) Kay.


Kay was awarded the Ph.D. in Communication from Wayne State University in 1979, the M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1975, and the B.A. in Speech Communication and Political Science from Wayne State University in 1974.


Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Flint in September 2005, Kay was Associate Provost for Student Services and Professor of Communication at Wayne State University. Kay is author of numerous articles and books, including Argumentation: Inquiry and Advocacy. Kay’s research specialty is the power of language.

In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Kay’s research is cited in newspapers, radio, and television. He has testified before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and has been a consultant to law enforcement. Kay has served as dissertation advisor to forty-four Ph.D. graduates in the discipline of communication.

His research activity includes a grant from the U.S. Department of State to work on democratization efforts with journalists and press secretaries in Siberia, Russia.


  • He has received numerous awards for research, teaching, and service, including a 1999 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award by the Wayne State University Graduate School.


Leadership council member, Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama, 1991. Consultant, Nebraska Department Public Institutions, 1988-1990. Member International Communications Association, Speech Communications Association, National Federation State High School Associations (outstanding service award 1988), Midwest Forensic Association (president 1988-1990), Nebraska Speech Communications Association (president 1986-1988, distinguished service award 1991), Delta Sigma Rho (president 1987-1989, distinguished service award 1991, Speaker of Year 1989), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: collecting political buttons, travel, raising dogs.


Married Ruth Ellen Colwander, March 22, 1978.

Leon Kay

Emma (Hartmann) Kay

Ruth Ellen Colwander