Bill Kelly served as Graduate Center provost and senior vice president (1998–2005) and president (2005–June 30, 2013) before being appointed interim chancellor of the City University of New York. A distinguished American literature scholar and an expert on the works of James Fenimore Cooper, Kelly is the author of Plotting America’s Past: Fenimore Cooper and the Leatherstocking Tales. His essays and reviews have appeared in a broad range of publications, including the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times Book Review, and the American Scholar. He is the editor of the Random House edition of The Selected Works of Washington Irving and the Oxford University Press edition of The Pathfinder. He is currently at work on a book about John Jacob Astor.