Q & A
Carl O. Moses | Provost and Dean of Faculty
Carl O. Moses was selected to the top academic post at Susquehanna following a national search. In July, he succeeded Linda McMillin, who announced last year that she was returning to the classroom to teach history at Susquehanna after a highly successful seven-year term as provost. Moses brings 10 years of administrative and leadership experience to the position. In addition to serving four years as deputy provost for academic affairs at Lehigh University, he served six years as associate dean for undergraduate studies in Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences and as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. An environmental scientist by training, Moses was a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh from 1987 to 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia.
SC: What attracted you to Susquehanna University?
CM: When I made the decision to look for an administrative position outside of my previous institution, I specifically wanted a private institution with an undergraduate, liberal arts focus and a very strong sense of itself. I call the latter “institutional ego,” and it is a very important attribute. More specifically, I learned during the search process about Susquehanna’s new Central Curriculum, which is ambitious and reflects a lot of faculty thought and energy around defining what we expect of a graduate. An important part of the Central Curriculum is the cross-cultural requirement, which puts Susquehanna in a very distinctive position. Susquehanna is not a fixer-upper. It is well positioned for the future, and I was very eager to join its leadership team.
SC: What goals do you have for your first year at the helm of Susquehanna’s academic affairs?
CM: A lot of the provost’s work is based on collaboration and relationships, so my chief goal is to get to know Susquehanna people—my administrative, faculty and staff colleagues, as well as students, alumni and friends. I also look forward to learning the culture, traditions and practices of Susquehanna.
SC: You taught environmental science throughout your tenure at Lehigh University. Why do you think it is important, even as an administrator, to continue teaching?
CM: What’s really important to me about teaching is the authentic interaction with students, which informs substantial parts of my job. In the absence of teaching, I’m eager for other opportunities to meet students and talk about their Susquehanna experience.
SC: Where do you see Susquehanna going in the next five years? What accomplishments would bring you the most pride if realized in that timeframe?
CM: In the next five years, I see Susquehanna’s reputation catching up to its reality. More students will seek us out as a place to get an excellent education and have a fulfilling collegiate experience, and they will do that because we will have demonstrated our ability to deliver results. Our students will be active learners, and they will become very engaged alumni. I also see Susquehanna becoming a more inclusive community, providing significant opportunities to a broader and more diverse population of students. The scholarly reputation of Susquehanna’s faculty will continue to advance. Distinctive achievements due to our sustainability agenda will yield savings that allow deeper investments in the academic mission. I’m really not motivated by pride, but I will feel that I accomplished what I set out to do if I can leave Susquehanna, whenever that time comes, even better than I found it.
Contributing writers to The ‘Grove section are Audrey Carroll ‘12; Karen Jones, assistant director of media relations; Victoria Kidd and Megan McDermott ‘14.