Born in Sutton, WV, Corley Dennison graduated in 1976 from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. After working for four years in commercial radio, Dennison accepted a position in 1980 as operations manager at NPR member station KXCV-FM on the campus of Northwest Missouri University in Maryville, Mo. He returned to West Virginia in 1985 as a faculty member at Marshall University. During his 29 year tenure, he was promoted to full professor and served as Faculty Senate president (1997-99), assistant dean in University College (1999-2003), assistant dean in the School of Journalism (2003-04), dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (2004-12) and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (2012-14). He earned a master’s degree in English from Northwest Missouri State University in 1984 and a doctorate in education from West Virginia University in 1992. Dennison joined the Higher Education Policy Commission as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in August of 2014.