Assoc. News Editor
Millersville University has revealed three out of the six candidates for President Francine G. McNairy’s successor. Dr. Soraya Coley visited campus from October 9 through the 11 and Dr. Kent Neely followed from October 14 through the 16. The remaining three candidates will be revealed and visit Millersville by the 31st of October.
Dr. Soraya Coley, current interim vice president for university development and the provost/ vice president of academic affairs for California State University at Bakersfield, has held a variety of positions in California but received all of her degrees in Pennsylvania.
Previously, Coley has held positions in the field of human services. She was active in the field as a senior research fellow at the National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare/ Children and Family Futures in Irvine, California.
Coley’s past positions in the education field include serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University at Bakersfield; system-wide provost and vice president for academic affairs at Alliant International University in San Francisco, California; Dean for the College of Human Development and Community Service at California State University at Fullerton and a professor of Human Services at California State University at Fullerton among additional positions.
Coley received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Lincoln University and her master’s and Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College in Social Planning. Coley’s vitae can be found here: http://www.millersville.edu/presidentialsearch/files/Dr-Soraya-Coley-Vitae.pdf.
This past week, Dr. Kent Neely, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor at Western Oregon University, visited Millersville University from October 14 through the 16. University open forums were held from 3 to 4 p.m. in Gordinier Hall on the Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. in Stayer Hall on Tuesday.
Neely has an extensive background in theatre, his longest position was with the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota where he serviced as the managing director of University Theatre and also as a lecturer. In the past he has served as a dean and professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; associate dean and professor at Boise State University and Head of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Neely’s complete vitae can be found here: http://www.millersville.edu/presidentialsearch/files/KentNeelyVitae.pdf.
Neely received his bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre at Oklahoma City University and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Updated information, biographies and campus schedules for the Presidential Search can be found at http://www.millersville.edu/presidentialsearch/index.php.