The former president of Colorado State University has been elected president and chief academic officer of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale.
“Larry E. Penley’s record of results over a distinguished 35-year career makes him a great leader for Thunderbird,” school officials stated Thursday in a release. “As president of Colorado State University, he reversed declining enrollment and oversaw the doubling of fundraising. As dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Dr. Penley led the creation of a strategic plan that produced a top 25-ranking among public MBA programs.”
Penley arrived at Thunderbird as interim chief academic officer and provost in April.
“My focus as president and chief academic officer will be on students, employers and the quality of the learning experience,” he said. “Everything else will flow from this.”