College Leadership


 Dr. Robert Exley, President

Post Office Box 734
220 North Walnut Street
Boaz, AL 35957
(256) 840-4100

Dr. Robert Exley is the President of Snead State Community College in Boaz, Ala., a position he has held since January 2008.  Dr. Exley received his Associate of Arts from San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, his BA and MS from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Exley has taught courses for The University of Alabama’s Executive Ed.D. program, Iowa State University’s graduate program in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, the University of Houston-Clear Lake, San Jacinto College and Miami-Dade College.

Dr. Exley currently serves as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Board of Directors. He is also the Chair of the Alabama Community College Conference executive committee. He served as co-chair of the Vision Marshall Steering Committee and on the Valley Innovation Alliance Leadership Committee.  He serves as a committee chair and/or member of both off-site and on-site evaluation committees for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on a regular basis.   

Prior to this he served as President of Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He also held a number of administrative positions with Miami-Dade College over a nearly 10 year period.  While at MDC, he helped establish the College’s nationally recognized service-learning program – winner of the Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges 1998 Collaboration Award and in 1997 the National Council of Instructional Administrators’ Exemplary Program in Student Learning Award.

He has served as a consultant with the American Association of Community Colleges specializing in leadership development, faculty training, and program evaluation strategies for AACC’s national service-learning project.  He provides these same services for other colleges and universities throughout the nation. He is a frequent speaker at state, regional and national conferences.  In May of 2007, Dr. Exley was named a Distinguished Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin’s Community College Leadership Program in recognition of his national contribution to American Community Colleges.

During his tenure at Snead State, he has reestablished the College’s commitment to Fine Arts in our community by resurrecting the theater program, by supporting the annual Gerhart Chamber Music Festival, and by pursuing opportunities to enhance fine arts offerings for students. He began the Presidential Scholars scholarship and leadership program for students and has actively enhanced fundraising efforts through the Snead State Foundation.