Academic Affairs

About the Provost

Jim Moran, Ph.D., joined the University of South Dakota as provost and vice president for academic affairs in July 2014. In his position, Moran provides leadership for the academic mission of the university with a focus on student success and academic quality.

Previously, Moran served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). He began with the Office of the Chancellor in 2005 and became vice chancellor in October 2008. PASSHE, with more than 112,000 students, includes the 14 state-owned universities, four branch campuses and several regional centers. Most recently, Moran led a two year partnership with the University of Southern California Center for Urban Education and the Education Delivery Institute to focus on the recruitment, retention, and degree completion of under-represented minority and Pell-eligible students. 

From June 1, 2011 until June 1, 2012, Moran served as interim president of Edinboro University. Edinboro had approximately 8,700 students and a budget of approximately $110 million. His accomplishments included a focus on community relations and campus morale, addressing budget shortfalls, initiating a strategic plan based on the System's performance funding model and using university data and institutional research to focus on student learning outcomes and increasing graduation rates. 

In his role as Vice Chancellor, Moran provided strategic leadership and direction for the fourteen Provosts and Chief Student Affairs Officers which includes academic program approval, faculty development initiatives, development of academic and student policies, academic planning, academic technology, articulation and transfer, access and pipeline initiatives, and grants development. Moran also served as the State and System representative to Complete College America, the Education Trust's Access to Success Initiative, and ACHIEVE addressing student preparation for and success in college.

Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Moran was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs in the University of Tennessee System Office serving as facilitator for special projects such as acquiring funding for a University Business Incubator; forming a statewide consortium for coordinating increased educational opportunities in public health; and acquiring federal funding for a University of Tennessee Center for Nutrition and Fitness. He also served as Dean, College of Human Ecology for four years and Associate Dean for Research and Business Administration for nine years. Moran concurrently served as a Vice President for the UT Research Corporation promoting the development and licensing of university intellectual property. 

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 motivation and has played a key role in several major grants including projects with Gerber Products ($1.1M, 7 years), Exxon Chemical ($2.6M, 5 years), the NJATC-IBEW ($2.6M, 4 years) as well as several state grants within Pennsylvania.

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.

Academic Vitae

\\usd
Jim Moran