Glen O. Toney
Glen O. Toney
Member, Board of Trustees (2006-2013)
The California State University
For 23 years, prior to his retirement in 2002, Dr. Glen O. Toney served as a top executive with Applied Materials, Inc., the largest supplier of products and services to the global semiconductor industry and one of the world’s leading information infrastructure providers.
As group vice president of Corporate Affairs, Dr. Toney was responsible for Applied Materials’ corporate philanthropy, community relations, public relations, governmental affairs and employee communications. His earlier responsibilities as head of human resources helped earn glowing recognition for the company as one of America’s best places to work. In that role, Dr. Toney founded and served as president of Applied Global University, which focused on providing training and development for a growing worldwide workforce.
Before joining Applied Materials, Dr. Toney spent a decade in education, as a director of the education opportunity programs at San José State (1969-70), as assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in the Cupertino Union Elementary School District (1970-72), and as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Ravenswood City School District (1972-73) and the Palo Alto Unified School District (1973-79).
Previously, he worked as a programmer and mathematical modeler for Lockheed Missile and Space, Inc. (1965-69) as well as serving for two years (1962-64) in the U.S. Army’s Missile Division.
Dr. Toney has served as chairman of the 21st Century Education Initiative, a Silicon Valley coalition seeking to spark community commitment to build a world-class educational system in California. He has served as president of CSU Chico’s Alumni Association, as a member of the President’s Advisory Board, the School of Natural Science Advisory Board, the School of Engineering and Computer Science Advisory Board, and the campus-supported Northern California Natural History Museum. He has also served on San José State’s Curriculum Redesign Committee and participated in its Education Equity project.
A long-time community leader, Dr. Toney served on the board of directors of the National Conference for Community Justice, the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative, and the East Palo Alto Boys Choir. He currently serves on the board of directors of Authernative, Inc. and the Andrew Corporation, a communications market supplier. In addition, he served on the board of trustees of the Robert Noyce Foundation (1998-2005), an educational foundation.
Dr. Toney’s numerous awards include honorary doctorates from Santa Clara University and CSU Chico, the David Packard Civic Entrepreneurs Award, Leadership in Action Award, People Acting in Concert Together, and the Tomas Rivera Corporate Leadership Award from National Hispanic University. He is also proud of being awarded his Eagle Scout designation in 1956.
Dr. Toney holds bachelor’s degrees in philosophy from California State University, Chico (1966) and in mathematics from San José State University (1973), where he also earned his master’s in instructional technology/curriculum development (1971). He earned his doctorate in organizational behavior with a minor in higher education from the University of Southern California (1975). He also holds life credentials from California for General Teaching, Community College Teaching, and Administration.