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Virginia Moxley selected as K-State's Dean of Human Ecology

Thursday, December 21, 2006

MANHATTAN --Following an extensive national search, Virginia Moxley, of Council Grove, has been named dean of Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology. Moxley had been interim dean since January 2006. Previously she had been senior associate dean for scholarship and research in the college.

Provost M. Duane Nellis said, "Dr. Moxley has done an outstanding job as interim dean. She has strong support from the college faculty and staff, as well as from individuals outside of the college. I look forward to working with her as we continue the college on its path toward new levels of excellence."

As dean, Moxley will oversee the work of three departments and one school, academic programs that enroll 1,920 undergraduate students and 310 graduate students; scholarship and research programs; K-State Research and Extension programs in family and consumer sciences; five centers, three institutes, and one museum; development initiatives and academic partnerships. In addition, 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 $3.2 million in extramural funding since its inception.

Moxley is a popular presenter at academic conferences, especially on inter-institutional academic alliances, and how best to partner with others. She also has written a number of publications in that area.

Moxley was named senior associate dean in 2005. In that post she administered a $12 million research program, the university's second largest distance education program, and many external partnerships for the College of Human Ecology. From 1985-2005, Moxley served as associate dean for academic affairs in the college. 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. Before joining the K-State faculty in 1985, she chaired Emporia State University's Division of Sociology, Family Science and Anthropology from 1983-85. Prior to that, she chaired the department of home economics at Emporia State from 1973-83.

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 an 11-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 Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance 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. The policies, practices, and programs developed by the Great Plains IDEA under Moxley's leadership are widely respected in higher education circles as models for good practice for inter-institutional academic partnerships. 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 CHAIRS the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges --NASULGC -- Board on Human Sciences Academic Affairs 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 the Council Grove Area Foundation Board. In 2003, Moxley was designated a Fellow of the Kansas Health Foundation.

This article was posted on Thursday, December 21, 2006, and is filed under College News.