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Dr. Cecelia H. Foxley

Cecelia Harrison Foxley dedicated her life to education both in Utah and the Nation.  She served for more than 10 years as Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education ad Chief Executive Officer of the State Board of Regents.  Prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she served as the Deputy Commissioner and as the Associate Commissioner for Academic Affairs for Utah.  She received a bachelor's degree from Utah State University and a master's and a PhD from the University of Utah. 

Her institutional experience includes faculty and administrative positions at Utah State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Foxley continues her service to education today as Regents Professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Utah.  She has been recognized nationally as one of the top state higher education leaders and served as the President of the Organization that represents and speaks for state leaders, the State Higher Education Executive Officers national organization. 

She has played an active role in many key educational organizations and is respected for her excellent judgement on issues faced by the American higher education community.  Dr. Foxley has been a consultant to a variety of education, business, civic, religious and government organizations on many topics, including behavioral science, management, organizational development, program evaluation and equal opportunity.  She has authored or co-authored six books and numerous journal articles on topics such as educational management, non-sexist counseling, human relations education and equal opportunity.  She has received a number of special awards for her life-long dedication to serving people in the state of Utah. Dr. Foxley was encouraged by the professors in the English department to develop the leadership and organizational skills which have benefited her throughout her career in higher education.