Dr. Conneely has over 35 years of experience in higher education administration. He has served as President, Associate Provost, Vice President, and Professor of Education in addition to other positions during his tenure at colleges and universities. He has served at the University of Maine at Augusta, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Arkansas, Emory University, Villanova University, and the University of Northern Iowa. He has served at a full complement of institutional types as an administrator and faculty member in higher education. His areas of expertise and interest center on strategic and financial planning, auxiliary operations and financial management, retention and student success, organizational and leadership effectiveness, and student life including generational issues.
Dr. Conneely has been active in Southern Association for College and Schools, National Association for Student Personnel administrators including chairing the James E. Scott National Academy for Leadership and Executive Effectiveness, the Southern Association for College Student Affairs (SACSA), and other professional associations.
In addition to serving in leadership positons nationally and regionally, he has also consulted in Mexico, Germany, Canada, and China in relation to his areas of expertise. Dr. Conneely received his B.A. degree from Saint Bonaventure University, his M.S. in Education from Alfred University, and his Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Additionally, he received certificates from Harvard University’s Management Development Program, Institutional for Educational Management, and New President’s programs; and a certificate from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s summer institute at Dartmouth University.