Cecelia ("Cece") 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 the associate commissioner for academic affairs. Her institutional experience includes faculty and administrative positions at Utah State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota. Early in her academic career, she taught honors English at the high school level.
Dr. Foxley earned the PhD in educational psychology with emphases in administration, teaching, research, and counseling from the University of Utah. She completed a post doctoral internship with the National Training Laboratories Institute for Applied Behavioral Science. She holds a BA in English from Utah State University and an MA in English from the University of Utah.
Dr. Foxley has been a behavioral science, management, organization development, program evaluation, equal opportunity, and executive search consultant to a variety of education, business, civic, and government organizations and agencies. She has authored or co authored six books and several journal articles on topics such as educational leadership and administration, non sexist counseling, human relations education, and equal opportunity.
Dr. Foxley was active in the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) national organization and served as president in 1998-99. She also served as a commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS).
Currently, Dr. Foxley is involved in philanthropic and consulting activities. She serves on the United Way of Salt Lake City board of directors and is the founding president of the ARCS Foundation, Inc., Utah Chapter. ARCS raises funds for outstanding graduate students in engineering, science, and medical research. She is a member of the University of Utah’s campaign cabinet and serves as chair of the university’s College of Education advancement board. She is also a member of the advancement board for Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Foxley’s consulting activities have included the higher education system in the United Arab Emirates and several U.S. state systems of higher education in states such as Michigan, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Montana. Her consulting has focused on long-range planning, effective organizational structures, enhanced communication, increased student success, and improved academic quality. During her tenure as commissioner of higher education for the state of Utah, she conducted 12 presidential searches.