Valerie Martin Conley is Department Chair and Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at Ohio University and Co-Director of the Center for Higher Education. She holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Higher Education and Student Affairs. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Conley joined the faculty of Ohio University after an extensive career in institutional research and computer consulting in the Washington, D.C. area, primarily for the National Center for Education Statistics.