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Virginia Moxley to lead College of Human Ecology as interim dean

Thursday, December 22, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Virginia Moxley, senior associate dean for scholarship and research in Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology, has been tapped by Provost M. Duane Nellis to serve as interim dean during a national search to fill the vacancy.

An eight-member search committee screened applications and recommended two finalists to the provost.

"Dr. Moxley has a range of excellent qualities that will serve the college well during this interim appointment," Nellis said.

Moxley was named senior associate dean in 2005. In that post she administers a $9 million research program, the university's second largest distance education program, and many external partnerships for the College of Human Ecology. She also is co-director of K-State's Institute for Academic Alliances, which she founded with Sue Maes in 2004. The institute develops and tests models for inter-institutional collaboration and provides consulting. The institute has had more than $2.6 million in extramural funding since its inception.

From 1985-2005, Moxley served as associate dean for academic affairs in the college, which enrolls 1,920 undergraduates and 310 graduate students. She administered undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the honors program, undergraduate research program, continuing education and summer school programs.

She served as interim department head for the department of apparel, textiles and interior design 1993-94, and as interim head of the department of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics 2001-02. Prior to coming to K-State, she chaired the Division of Sociology, Anthropology and Family Sciences at Emporia State University.

Moxley is a founding member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance -- Great Plains IDEA -- and has served on the leadership team from its inception in 1984. The Great Plains IDEA is a 10-university alliance that sponsors inter-institutional graduate programs, shares distance education programming, and develops model distance education policies and practices.

From 2002-05, Moxley chaired the board of directors. During her tenure as board chairman, the Great Plains IDEA formalized its governance structure and initiated inter-institutional online master's degree programs in family financial planning, gerontology, youth development and merchandising. In addition to serving on the board, Moxley is the principal investigator for the Great Plains IDEA Managing Partner Project which provides the centralized services for the Great Plains IDEA.

Moxley co-founded the National Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences in 2000. She is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges -- NASULGC --Board on Human Sciences Federal Relations Committee and is a past national president of Omicron Nu Honor Society. Moxley serves on the Morris County Development Corporation board of directors and on two foundation boards. In 2003, Moxley was designated a Fellow of the Kansas Health Foundation.

This article was posted on Thursday, December 22, 2005, and is filed under College News.