HOUSTON (November 17, 2016) – Texas Southern University is pleased to announce that Dr. Raphael X. Moffett has been named the new Vice President of Student Affairs.
“Texas Southern University is fortunate to have added Dr. Moffett to our team,” shared TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “Securing such an experienced and innovative higher education professional will certainly bolster our ability to achieve the lofty goals we have set for student achievement and institutional effectiveness.”
“I am beyond excited to be selected as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Texas Southern University,” said Moffett. “Ultimately, I want to facilitate a dynamic co-curricular experience that is focused on the holistic development of students. I’m also intrigued by the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, alumni and community partners to foster a culture of student success within and beyond the classroom.”
Dr. Moffett is coming to TSU by way of Langston University where he served as Vice President of Student Affairs in Langston’s Division of Student Affairs since September 2012. In his role at TSU, Dr. Moffett will be responsible for providing student programs and services that promote the University’s mission and enhance the student campus experience; provide oversight and direction for Cooperative Education and Placement Services, the Student Center, Judicial Affairs, the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, Housing and Residential Services, the Student Recreation Center and Intramural Sports, Upward Bound/Student Support Services, Talent Search and other academic and student support services designed to foster student success.
Dr. Moffett is a visionary that is committed to enhancing students’ overall collegiate experience and providing them with skills and tools they will need to succeed post-graduation. He is known in the field as being a servant leader who is personable, goal oriented, and values driven.
Dr. Moffett focuses on providing students with effective services, innovative programs, and unique opportunities with the intent to help them maximize their potential. His philosophy is that every student has the ability to achieve academic success and personal growth with the proper guidance and support.
His research primarily focuses on factors that impact African American student retention in higher education. He is especially interested in the undergraduate educational experiences of African American men. Dr. Moffett has been involved in student affairs on the national level for several years presenting at conferences and serving on national committees to raise awareness about the importance, relevance, and legacy of HBCUs and access to higher education for underrepresented communities.
A native of Lacey, Washington, Dr. Moffett earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and his master’s in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Washington State University. Dr. Moffett began his career in student affairs in 2002 as a graduate student working in Residential Life at Clark Atlanta University. He was inspired by working with college students and made the decision to pursue a career in student affairs.
With 14 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Moffett has worn a variety of hats, working in the areas of student activities, residential life, retention and student success, civic engagement, multicultural affairs, academic advisement, fraternity/sorority life, leadership, student conduct, first year/sophomore experience, policy evaluation/implementation, and accreditation. He has served at Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Trinity University and Langston University.
In his current role, Dr. Moffett serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs and provides vision and oversight of the seven units within the division. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, motivational speaking, visiting family, reading, watching and playing basketball, calligraphy, listening to music, producing music, learning how to play piano, trying new restaurants and traveling.
This article was written by Kendrick Callis, the Communications Specialist at Texas Southern University. This article is published here with permission.