F.J. Talley

Director of the DeSousa Brent Scholars Program

Department Chair

F. J. Talley


F. J. Talley came to St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2014, bringing with him over 30 years of administrative and teaching experience. He has served as dean of students at Bryant University, associate provost at Rowan University, dean at Defiance College, vice president and dean at the College of Southern Maryland, and president at Olivet College and Frederick Community College. He's also taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Talley holds a doctorate in student personnel and higher education administration from Ohio University, and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. He is an avid sailor and had published two novels: Twin Worlds and Take Hart, and also writes a blog, Collegeandparents.com where he offers advice to the parents of college students.


  • A.B. in English at Dickinson College,
  • M.A. in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University,
  • Ph.D. in Student Personnel and Higher Education Administration at Ohio University,