Merrill J. Lessley is currently a Professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Colorado. He has a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Utah, an M.A. in Scene, Costume & Lighting Design from the University of Minnesota, and a B.F.A. in Theatre Design from the University of Utah.
Dr. Lessley was Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities from 1997-2002. He was Interim Chair for the Department of Fine Arts from June 1996 to December 1996. He has been a CU-Boulder faculty member since 1994.
Other credits include: Previously Interim Chancellor, 01/93-08/93; Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, 1988-1993; Resident Dean of Graduate School and member of the Graduate Faculty, 1988-1994; Professor of Communications/English, 1988-1994; University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Dean, College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts, 1983-1988; Chair, Drama Department, 1981-1983; Professor of Drama, 1970-1987; San Diego State University. Assistant Professor of Speech, Metropolitan State College, 1969-1970. Production Manager, Dance Department and Shakespeare Company, University of Utah, 1966-1967.