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Source: Virginia Moxley, 785-532-5500,
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Monday, Nov. 16, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Virginia Moxley, dean of the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology, is being recognized today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Human Sciences as the first recipient of the board's Public Service Award.

This award honors national leadership that advances the human sciences in higher education. Moxley is cited for career accomplishments that include her leadership in the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance -- which, since its inception in 1994, has grown to a nationwide alliance sponsoring multi-institutional undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Moxley was a founder of the alliance and was the first chair of the Great Plains IDEA Board of Directors. She currently serves as the chair of the Great Plains cabinet, and she administers management services for the alliance.

Moxley's work with the Great Plains IDEA supported the development of the Great Plains IDEA Model for multi-institutional academic programs which has been replicated by other higher education academic alliances. Moxley co-administers K-State's Institute for Academic Alliances that provides consultation and management support for higher education alliances nationwide.

Prior to the publication of the 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs by the National Center for Educational Statistics, Moxley led a team of representatives from six professional associations and two federal agencies to implement a major redefinition of the fields of study within the human sciences -- the first major correction in four decades.

Additionally Moxley has served as past national president of Omicron Nu Honor Society (now Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society), co-founded the Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences, and helped establish a Human Sciences program at the National University of Paraguay. She currently serves on the APLU Board on Human Sciences and on the Advisory Panel for the Food and Agriculture Education Information System.