Dr. Jeffrey A. Moshier Named Taylor's New Provost

By Jim Garringer Published: Jan 06, 2012

Dr. Jeffrey Moshier

Dr. Jeffrey A. Moshier, currently Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.), has been named Provost at Taylor University following a nationwide search. Prior to his responsibilities at Wheaton, Moshier served as the founding Dean of the College of Health and Natural Sciences at Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.).

“Dr. Moshier brings a distinguished record of academic achievement and excellence to Taylor University,” said Taylor President, Dr. Eugene B. Habecker. “During his career, he has demonstrated a deep understanding and appreciation for Christ-centered higher education. We are excited that Dr. Moshier has agreed to join the Taylor community. He is a worthy successor to our current Provost, Dr. Steve Bedi.”

Moshier will step into the role being vacated by Bedi, who has served as Taylor’s Provost for the past nine years. Bedi is returning to the Taylor faculty; his plans include teaching in the Master of Arts in Higher Education program – a program which he co-founded.

In Moshier’s administrative role at Wheaton, his responsibilities included development, implementation, management and evaluation of programs to enhance the professional and personal development of faculty and faculty-student mentoring; supervision of programs including military science (ROTC), summer school, international travel and study abroad programs; and full responsibility for all of Wheaton’s graduate programs.

Moshier has served on the faculties of Messiah College, William Tyndale College (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Wayne State University (Detroit, Mich.), and Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.). As a faculty member Moshier taught courses that included molecular and cell biology, and gastroenterology research. In addition to extensive grant writing work, Moshier is the author of nearly 80 professional articles, chapters and abstracts.

He earned a PhD in Biology from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.) and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Houghton College (Houghton, NY).

Moshier also holds professional memberships in the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD), the Council of Graduate School (CGS) Deans, and is a past member of other societies which include American Association for Cancer Research, Association for the Advancement of Science, Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and the Council on Undergraduate Research.

“The reputation of Taylor University as one of the nation’s premier universities of evangelical excellence is worldwide,” said Moshier. “It is both thrilling and humbling to join the Taylor University faculty and administration. It is with great anticipation that my wife Peggy and I look forward to beginning our service at Taylor.”

The Moshiers are parents of two grown children. He will assume his role at Taylor in mid-June.