Bachelor, University Oklahoma, 1968. Master of Library Science, University Oklahoma, 1969. Master of Arts, University California, Santa Barbara, 1975.
Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan, 1983.
Assistant library, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1969-1972;
assistant project director, director, National Indian Education Association Library. Project, Minneapolis, 1972-1975;
lecturer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1976-1978;
head library, Pennsylvania State University, Middletown, 1979-1990;
dean, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, since 1990. Consultant Department Interior Library., Washington, 1976-1980.
Team member Middle States Association, Philadelphia, 1989-1995.
Member American Library Association (chair, councilor 1972-1976, Distinguished Service award 1976), International Federation Library. Associations (section chair 1991-1993), New Mexico Consortium of Academy Libraries (president 1994-1995), Rotary (committee chair since 1993), Beta Phi Museum.
Married Joyce Wiedler Nissley, May 22, 1988.