Dr. George L. Conley Jr. is originally from Hazlehurst, Mississippi. He joined the United States Navy Delayed Entry Program in October 1984. In June 1985, he entered boot camp in Great Lakes, Illinois as a Seaman Apprentice (E-2). In September 1998, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Petty Officer (E-7). On February 1, 2001, he was commissioned to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. During his military career, he was deployed overseas 11 times, four of which were in support of Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Conley earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards) and various campaign citations and medals. Dr. Conley proudly served the United States Navy and his country for 29 years before retiring in May 2014 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.
He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Apollos University, Doctorate and Masters in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Masters in Business Management from National University, Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and Associates in Human Resources Management & Electrical Mechanical Technology from Coastline Community College.
Dr. Conley works as a Ship Superintendent for the Department of Defense at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center. He is responsible for the validation, screening, brokering, documentation and certification of off ship intermediate work efforts.
Dr. Conley is the Founder and CEO of the Conley A.C.E. Foundation Inc. His foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides scholarship awards to low income underrepresented students of color who exemplify the greatest potential for achievement and leadership in their community. The high school scholarship recipients must have plans to attend a two or four-year college or university.
Dr. Conley serves as an Adjunct Professor at Southwestern College (Restorative Justice Program at Donovan State Correctional Facility) and University of the People. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor and Director of Military & Veteran Affairs at Apollos University. He is a active member of the San Diego Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He is also a member of the California Teachers Association (CTA), National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA). He also serves on other various boards and committees.