Cecelia Foxley


After having served for over 10 years as Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer to the State Board of Regents, Dr. Cecelia (“Cece”) H. Foxley 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.

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 the 1998‑1999 SHEEO President.  At the time she stepped down from the Utah Commissioner post, she was the longest serving SHEEO in the U.S, and has been the longest serving Commissioner in the state of Utah.  She also served as a Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS).

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 and individual institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota,  Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The focus has included strategic planning, enhanced communication, increased student success, improved academic quality, and personnel recruitment and evaluation. She is also engaged in many philanthropic activities and has been given numerous awards for her professional and philanthropic work.

Dr. Foxley earned her Ph.D. 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, and holds a B.A. in English from Utah State University and an M.A. in English from the University of Utah.