Dr. Steve Conerly
2003 Honorary Alumni
With the advertising slogan "Got Milk?" Dr. Steve Conerly can answer with a resounding, "Yes!" Dr. Conerly was born in Spring Creek, La., on a dairy farm. He lived and worked on that dairy farm until he enrolled in college at Louisiana State University where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Agricultural Economics. He later earned a doctor of philosophy in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Dr. Conerly served in the U.S. Air Force as a Wing Weather officer for a Strategic Air Command Wing and a base operation weather forecaster. He continued in the USAF Reserves as a weather forecaster for a Tactical Air Command Wing, for an Air Defense Command division for 13 years, and as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer for an additional four years. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In the world of business, Dr. Conerly has been the 'cream of the crop' in his field. He was formerly the Chairman of the Milk Industry Foundation and Secretary of the International Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers. He was formerly the Assistant Agricultural Economist and Dairy Marketing Specialist of the Agricultural Economics Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a former Administrator and Chairman of the Virginia State Milk Commission and retired President and CEO of such companies as Land-O-Sun Dairies Inc., Flav-O-Rich Dairy and Silver Creek Technologies, Inc. He currently runs Consultant Management Services and Strategic Planning, where he is a consultant to many milk marketing dairy farmer cooperatives, as well as food distribution companies, transportation companies and vegetable processing companies.
Dr. Conerly has a strong commitment to the university, currently serving as the treasurer of the ETSU Foundation. He is also a member of the ETSU College of Business Advisory Council and has participated in the ETSU Alumni Return to the Classroom program. Additionally, Dr. Conerly works diligently with the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He currently serves as a member of its Executive Committee and Chairman of the Audit Committee; he is a Silver Beaver Award winner and a James E. West Fellow.
Dr. Conerly and his wife Jean have three children, Ken (an Eagle Scout) who lives in Danville, Calif., Kathy resides in Johnson City, and Kelly lives in Hendersonville, Tenn. They also have five grandchildren.