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Carl Moses to Serve as New Provost at Susquehanna University

Published on May 14, 2010

SELINSGROVE, Pa.—Carl O. Moses, Ph.D., currently the deputy provost for academic affairs at Lehigh University, has been named the new provost at Susquehanna University. Moses will assume his new duties on July 1.

Moses was selected to the top academic post at Susquehanna following a national search. He succeeds Linda A. McMillin, Ph.D., who announced last year she is returning to the classroom to teach at Susquehanna after a highly successful and productive seven-year term as provost.

“Carl comes to Susquehanna with a wealth of higher education administration experience that has touched nearly all areas of the academic enterprise,” said L. Jay Lemons, president of Susquehanna University. “He has been a ‘go-to’ person at Lehigh, known for his capacity as a problem solver and his ability to successfully work across institutional boundaries.”

Moses said he is excited about the new opportunity and about being a part of Susquehanna’s future. “Susquehanna is a great fit for me with its focus on undergraduate education and the liberal arts,” he said, “and I especially appreciate the way Susquehanna connects business education to the liberal arts. I’m particularly attracted to the GO study-away program, and I’m very pleased to think that I might have an opportunity to contribute to the implementation of Susquehanna’s highly innovative and forward-looking Central Curriculum.”

Moses brings 10 years of administrative and leadership experience to the position. In addition to his four years as deputy provost, he served six years as associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is an environmental scientist by training and has been a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Lehigh since 1987.

In 1978, Moses received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton University. He received a Master of Science degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia in 1982 and a doctorate degree in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia in 1988. His principal research interest has been aqueous geochemistry, the chemical interactions of rocks and water in the natural environment. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy. He also served as the principal research adviser for numerous graduate and undergraduate students, and was on the advisory committees for many others.

Over the years, he has complemented his research with consulting projects in support of architectural preservation of several structures, including the Pennsylvania State Capitol.

As deputy provost at Lehigh, he was responsible for a wide portfolio of initiatives. He chaired the accreditation review steering committee; was responsible for the institution’s campus-wide enrollment management effort and strategic planning related to it; collaborated with associate deans on program development and policy review on undergraduate and graduate academic programs; and supervised the academic outreach office. Moses also worked on international programming, including study abroad and recruitment of international students; supervised the Zoellner Arts Center and in this role helped advance arts and cultural programming; supervised diversity initiatives; and planned Board of Trustee meetings.

While interim dean at Lehigh, Moses oversaw the academic programs, operations, personnel and strategic planning for the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest of four colleges at Lehigh University. About 1,900 undergraduate students and 550 graduate students are enrolled in the college; 225 faculty and 75 staff members are employed in the college. As an associate dean, he advised students, monitored performance of at-risk students, collaborated with the registrar and dean on academic probation and suspension decisions, and coordinated advising and registration issues.

In addition to his responsibilities at Lehigh, Moses also has been active in a number of academic and professional associations. He serves on the Committee on Science and the Arts at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, and sits on the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans, where he also is vice chair of the board.

“With his commitment to the residential, liberal arts college experience and to an intellectually vibrant institution, Carl will play a central role in the continued implementation of the Central Curriculum and will be an able guide as we all work together for further advancement and integration of our academic and co-curricular learning,” Lemons said. “As we also turn additional attention toward retention, Carl’s previous experiences and leadership will be essential and beneficial.”

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a residential, national liberal arts college that prepares undergraduate students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. More than 2,200 students come to Susquehanna from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.


Gerry S. Cohen

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