Larry E. Penley, Ph.D.

Larry E. Penley, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow


Larry Penley heads his own consulting firm, Penley Consulting, LLC, which specializes in developing leaders of senior executives and in developing the potential of colleges and universities.  He writes a weekly blog, Penley on Education and Energy.  The blog focuses on America’s competitiveness in these two critical industries.   He was President of Colorado State University, Chancellor of the CSU System, President of Thunderbird School of Global Management and Dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business.  He is Professor Emeritus of Management at Arizona State University, and he is Senior Fellow at Center for the Future of Arizona.  Penley and his wife, Yolanda Sanchez Penley, Ph.D., are both career educators.  They moved to Arizona 30 years ago, and they reside in Phoenix.

Why does working at CFA support what you are passionate about professionally?
The Center fills a critical need with its statewide, Arizona perspective, its focus on our future quality of life and its commitment to take action on behalf of Arizona’s citizens and the future that they envision.

Arizona’s economic prosperity and quality of life depend upon supportive State policies, including a commitment to K-12 education that delivers on work and college readiness and excellent college education that prepares Arizonans for a globally competitive workforce and educated citizenry.

Why do you love Arizona?
Arizona possesses serene beauty in its deserts, drama in its mountain peaks and valleys, and an embracing tolerance of the diverse cultures, beliefs and backgrounds of its citizens.  Arizona is the West.


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