Conley named as Dean of CU School of Science and Technology

Terry R. Conley, Ph.D., has been selected as Cameron University’s Dean of the School of Science and Technology. The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents approved Conley’s appointment earlier today.  Conley will assume his role as Dean effective July 1.

Photo of Terry R. Conley“Dr. Conley brings a wealth of academic and administrative experience to Cameron University,” says John McArthur, Ph.D., Provost.  “He will be a tremendous asset for the students, staff and faculty of Cameron’s School of Science and Technology.”

Conley will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the School of Science and Technology, making recommendations on curriculum, faculty development, personnel decisions and budget. Cameron’s School of Science and Technology is composed of six academic departments: Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Computing and Technology, Mathematical Sciences, Military Science and Physical Sciences.

Conley is Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University, where he joined the faculty in 1996. He has also served as Chair of the Department of Biology. In 2005, he received the institution’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award for achievement in teaching, scholarship and service.

Conley earned a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a Master of Education in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, and a Doctorate in in Plant Molecular Biology from The University of Iowa. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Maize Biology Training Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Conley has published numerous articles in a wide-ranging list of professional journals and has written grant proposals which resulted in funding. His research interests include plant gene regulation, plant responses to the environment, techniques in plant molecular biology, disjunct (relict) plant species and gypsophilous plant species.

He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, American Council of Academic Deans, Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Council on Undergraduate Research and the Oklahoma Academy of Science.

Conley and his wife, Julie Larimer Conley, will re-locate to Lawton from Oklahoma City. She is a freelance artist.

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May 10, 2012

PR#12-107