Dr. Cecelia H. Foxley served for over 10 years as Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer to the State Board of Regents. She subsequently completed a three-year Regents Professorship in the educational psychology department at the University of Utah. Prior to her appointment to the position of Commissioner, she served as the Deputy Commissioner and Associate Commissioner for Academic Affairs. Her institutional experience includes faculty and administrative positions at the University of Utah, Utah State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota.
Currently, Dr. Foxley is involved in philanthropic and consulting activities. She served on the United Way of Salt Lake City board of directors and is the founding president of the ARCS Foundation, Inc., Utah Chapter. She is a member of the University of Utah’s campaign cabinet and serves as chair of the University of Utah’s College of Education Advancement Board. Her consulting has focused on strategic and long-range planning, effective organizational structures, enhanced communication, increased student success, improved academic quality, personnel evaluation, and recruitment of executives. During her tenure as Commissioner of Higher Education for the state of Utah, she conducted 12 presidential searches.
Dr. Foxley earned the PhD in educational psychology with emphases in administration, teaching, research, and counseling from the University of Utah. She holds a BA in English from Utah State University and an MA in English from the University of Utah. She has authored or coauthored six books and several journal articles on topics such as educational leadership and administration, non-sexist counseling, human relations education, and equal opportunity.