Jane Close-Conoley Delivers Keynote Speech, Receives Women of Achievement Award


NEW ROCHELLE, NY, June 27, 2014 – Jane Close-Conoley of Long Beach, CA, a graduate of The College of New Rochelle (CNR) class of 1969, was the keynote speaker at the College’s 76th Annual Alumnae/i College Weekend in June, and was also awarded the Women of Achievement Award.  The award was instituted in 1999 to recognize alumnae/i for brilliant accomplishments in their chosen careers.  Judith Huntington, president of the College, presented the award.

In her keynote address, Close-Conoley, who will become the first female president of California State University at Long Beach in its 65-year history, shared how her Ursuline education has helped her in her distinguished career.

Close-Conoley said the Ursulines imparted on her the value of intentional activity -- prayer, forgiveness, social action, gratitude, acceptance, seeing the bigger picture, relating it to God's plan, working harder, sticking with it, believing in self, and the idea that we are part of a much bigger world. "We are affected by everything around us," she said, "so be humble, see the big picture, work at many levels when you are interested in change, but know that personal change is key."

Close-Conoley flashed a photo of the diverse student body at Long Beach State. "This will be America in 50 years," she said, with no clear majority culture, "so I am motivated to be sure every group is as educated as possible."

Close-Conoley graduated cum laude from The College of New Rochelle with a degree in psychology and earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She takes office at California State University-Long Beach on July 15, leaving the University of California Riverside, where she has served as dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and professor of counseling, clinical and school psychology at the University of California Riverside.

Previous posts include dean of education and human development and professor of educational psychology at Texas A&M University, where she was the only female dean on campus. Preceding her Texas A&M post, she served at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln as associate dean and department chair, one of only two women at the school to hold such a position.

Close-Conoley has published multiple books, articles, and chapters; been named Distinguished Teacher at University of Nebraska at Lincoln; and served as a senior editor for the Encyclopedia of Psychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, as well as a member of the American Educational Research Association, and the Society for the Study of School Psychology.  She has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Academy of Mt. St. Ursula.

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