Dr. Steven Moser, senior associate dean in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters, has been appointed interim dean of the college beginning July 1, while the university conducts a national search to fill the position permanently. He will replace Dr. Denise von Herrmann, who is leaving to become provost at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga.
Also a professor of music at Southern Miss, Moser served as director of the university’s famed Pride of Mississippi Marching Band from 1990-2002. He has more than 20 years of experience in various teaching and administrative positions at both Southern Miss and Texas Christian University. As senior associate dean, Moser currently oversees fiscal and personnel issues for the college.
“Dr. Moser has a broad range of experience and skills, and we’re fortunate to have him available to take on this role while we move forward with a national search for the position,” said Southern Miss Provost Dr. Robert Lyman.
A native of Minnesota, Moser attended high school in Calhoun City, Miss. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership and research from Southern Miss, and a master’s degree from Texas Christian and undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi, both in music education. He is also a 2007 Fellow of Harvard University’s Higher Education Management Development Program.
“It’s an honor to have this opportunity to serve as interim dean of the college,” Moser said. “I’m inspired by the successes of my predecessor and the college’s rich history in the arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as the faculty’s unwavering commitment to excellence. I look forward to working with them, our staff and alumni as we continue providing quality academic experiences for our students.”
Moser’s areas of research expertise include instrumental conducting, music administration and adult and community music education. He is past chair of the Music Educators National Conference Special Research Group on Adult and Community Music, and is active as a consultant, clinician/conductor and adjudicator for marching and concert events throughout the United States.