As provost and vice president for academic affairs, Valerie Martin Conley is Idaho State’s chief academic officer, overseeing units that directly impact instructional, academic and research programs. She previously served as dean of the College of Education, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs and chair of the Department of Counseling and Higher Education at Ohio University, where she also taught courses on institutional research, assessment, management of higher education and policy.
A nationally recognized university administrator, higher education researcher, author and professor, Conley has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech.
- Served on the board of directors for the Association for Institutional Research and chaired the association's Higher Education Data Policy Committee.
- Received the Ohio University Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.
- Served as consulting editor for Community College Review and on the editorial review board of Innovative Higher Education.