Jim MoranJim Moran, Ph.D., serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. In that role, he is the chief academic officer for the university and oversees all academic units with exception of medicine and select units in health sciences. He is responsible for all activities related to the academic mission of the university including faculty, academic programs and departmental operations.

Moran's leadership is essential in enabling the university to realize its strategic goals for student experiences, liberal arts and learning, and diversity and inclusiveness with a focus on student success and academic quality. The primary emphases in the Office of the Provost under his leadership are: (a) fostering student and faculty success; (b) providing the support that enables more students to complete a meaningful credential leading to career and life success within a reasonable time at a reasonable cost and (c) promoting the social, economic and cultural vitality of the region, state and nation through research and creative scholarship that has an impact on our communities. Major initiatives coordinated by his office include promoting the Finish in Four campaign, using predictive analytics for student success and monitoring strategic plan metrics.

Moran joined the University of South Dakota as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2014. Previously, Moran served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) working with Pennsylvania's fourteen state-owned universities. From June 1, 2011 until June 1, 2012, Moran served as interim president of Edinboro University, a university with approximately 8,700 students located in northwest Pennsylvania. Moran was also at the University of Tennessee from 1989-2005 serving as assistant vice president for academic affairs, dean of the College of Human Ecology and vice president for the UT Research Corporation. His faculty appointments include department head and professor at Oklahoma State University, associate professor at Virginia Tech and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma. He has over 60 publications and nearly 100 presentations primarily focused on creativity, original thinking, and higher education.

Moran holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology and history from Duke University, a Master of Science degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. in family relations and child development from Oklahoma State University.

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