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educator , librarian

Charles Thomas Townley, American Librarian, educator. Rackham fellow University of Michigan, 1975-1979; grantee Department Education, 1988; recipientFounders award American Indian Library. Association, 1997, Distinguished Alumnus award University Oklahoma, 1997.


Townley, Charles Thomas was born on February 7, 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Max Henry and Helen Betty (Hawk) Townley.


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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: gardening, bird watching, sailing.


Married Joyce Wiedler Nissley, May 22, 1988.

Max Henry Townley

Helen Betty (Hawk) Townley

Joyce Wiedler Nissley