Outstanding Alumnus Award
James C. Moeser, an internationally acclaimed concert organist and ninth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's first state university, began his academic career in 1966 as an assistant professor and chairman of the Department of Organ at the University of Kansas. During his two decades of service at KU, Dr. Moeser held several academic and administrative positions, including dean of the School of Fine Arts, and was named Althaus Distinguished Professor of Organ.
Dr. Moeser ascended to the highest levels of administrative service in academia as dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and executive director of University Arts Services at Pennsylvania State University, vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of South Carolina system, and as chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before his installation as chancellor of the University of North Carolina, one of the great public universities in this country. Over the years, Chancellor Moeser has established a reputation as a visionary with a passionate commitment to academic excellence and diversity, broad-based administrative experience, and highly effective leadership skills. He has written and spoken widely on the challenges facing higher education and the future of land-grant universities, such as UNC and UT Austin.
Dr. Moeser is a native of Colorado City, Texas, who grew up in Lubbock. He received a bachelor of music degree and a master of music in musicology from The University of Texas at Austin. Continuing his studies in Berlin and Paris as a Fulbright scholar, he subsequently received a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan.
The Graduate School has awarded a James C. Moeser Fellowship for 2001-2002 to Michael John Malone, a master's student in musicology in the School of Music.