Georgia Southern University’s Dr. Ted Moore, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced his resignation Tuesday.
The resignation is effective at the end of July. He was unable to be reached for comment Tuesday and his office referred all calls from media representatives to GSU’s public relations offices.
“It is with regret that I announce … (Moore) has informed me of his decision to resign from Georgia Southern University to allow him to take up the next phase of his life,” GSU President Dr. Brooks Keel said in a released statement.
Moore has been with GSU since April 2011, having come from the University of South Carolina.
Keel said an interim provost and vice president for academic affairs will be announced within the month.
“This is a key leadership position at Georgia Southern, and we are at a pivotal point in time,” he said. “Over the next two to three years, much effort will be needed towards attaining continuing university accreditation, increasing retention and progression of our students, actively participating in Complete College Georgia, and the hiring of several deans, to name a few.”
Keel will accept nominations for candidates through Friday.
During Moore’s tenure at GSU, the new Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology was launched “and important changes to better align our academic mission and our organization were initiated,” Keel said. “These include the formation of a new Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, transferring the Hotel and Restaurant Management program to the College of Business Administration, moving the Construction Management program from the College of Science and Technology to the College of Business Administration, and renaming the College of Science and Technology to the College of Science and Mathematics to better reflect its new focus.”
Moore’s distinguished military background (he served in the United States Army from 1968-1977 and was awarded the Purple Heart while serving as an infantryman in Vietnam) was the catalyst for establishing the GSU Military Resource Center, which offers support and resources to members of the military.
“His tireless efforts on behalf of the faculty can be seen in the gradual, but steady, increase in the number of new faculty hires that will continue over the next few years,” Keel said. “He is also responsible for reorganizing our university outreach centers to emphasize our role in community engagement.”