Moyen to lead MSU College of Education graduate department

Eric Moyen (Photo by Russ Houston)

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STARKVILLE, Miss. —A higher education administrator originally from Lexington, Kentucky, is the new leader of the graduate academic department housed in Mississippi State University’s College of Education.

Eric Moyen now heads the university’s Department of Educational Leadership.

Offering a variety of graduate degree programs, the department tenders instructional programs to prepare administrators, teachers, and other professionals for leadership roles in various educational settings, including Pre-K-12 schools, community colleges, universities and workforce entities.

Moyen has served for the past 13 years at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, as both professor of education and director of First Year Programs. He also was chair of the health, exercise science, and secondary education department, and most recently, was assistant vice president for academic affairs.

“I’m pleased to announce Dr. Moyen as our new department head, as he provides quality leadership for the department in this capacity,” said MSU College of Education Dean Richard Blackbourn.

Blackbourn said he has “the utmost confidence in Dr. Moyen’s ability given his prior experience.”

Moyen said, “I’m excited about being here, and I’m looking forward to serving our students, as well as the world-class faculty within the department.”

Moyen earned his doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky and received a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. He completed his undergraduate work at Taylor University.

Moyen said he was drawn to MSU as it’s a premier research university in the Southeast. Along with his wife Missy, and their two daughters Anna Grace and Emmy, Moyen said he’s thrilled for his family to make Starkville their new home.

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