In addition to leading one of the largest U. S. business schools to national and international prominence for its graduate and undergraduate programs, his accomplishments include increasing substantially the number of university honors program graduates, raising the overall satisfaction of undergraduates with their experience and collaborating with student affairs on more aggressive high school recruiting. He has added market-segmented professional graduate programs, encouraged the introduction of eLearning into the curriculum, and promoted commu-nity involvement and civic responsibility among students.
His support for faculty scholarship is evident in the top 25 international ranking of faculty's research productivity and the 30 chairs and professors that have been created under his leadership. His university commitment is evident from the more than $110 million raised in the last six years, the recent naming of the business school, and the role that he has played in creation of a university-wide ethics center with professorships in four colleges, the establishment of the Chicana/Chicano studies program, the initiation of interdisciplinary programs in public health and manufacturing, and the selection of deans of law and engineering.
Dr. Penley has served on the board of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) for a decade; GPEC recently awarded him its Distinguished Service Award. His commitment to the university's role in economic development has been evident in many ways but most recently through a community-focused educational program called Arizona Campus. He has played leadership roles in the United Way, the Valley Citizens' League's K-12 task force, the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, and Inroads Arizona which recognized his commitment to diversity with the Frank C. Carr Founder's Award. Among awards for which he is most proud are those from the MBA Students Association and the Hispanic Business Students Association.
As the Chairman of the Board of AACSB, Dr. Penley was instrumental in the association's internationalization. His interest in global issues led to the creation of educational programs in Mexico, France, and China and more than 20 exchange partners. He has taught in Venezuela and Mexico, is a member of the Conseil d'Orientation du Groupe ESC Toulouse and is the university's representative to European and Latin American academic associations. In the last few years, he has made presentations to a wide variety of groups at home as well as in Seoul, Warsaw, Helsinki, Caracas and Madrid.
Dr. Penley has taught strategic and human resource management as well as organizational communication. His executive training experience and his consulting have brought him in contact with industries ranging from manufacturing to health care. His research has focused on individuals' organizational relationships and the skills required of effective managers, and it has been published in the leading journals in his field.
Born in the State of Virginia, Dr. Penley grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee. He now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife, Yolanda Sanchez Penley, and two children, Jonathan and Jo-sephine.
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