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 received a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Apollos University, Doctor of Theology (ThD) degree and Master of Theology (MTh) degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary, Master of Arts in Management (MA) degree from National University, Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts degree from Excelsior College, Associate of Arts degree in Human Resources and Associate of Arts in Electrical Mechanical Technology from Coastline Community College. Dr. Conley is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree from University of the People.
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 career preparation and scholarships to low income underrepresented students of color.
Dr. Conley serves as the Chief Academic Officer at Grace University. He is faculty member at Southwestern College (Restorative Justice Program at Donovan State Correctional Facility), Westcilff University, Apollos University, Grace University, and University of the People. 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 serves on other various boards and committees.