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FHSU presidential candidate returns to roots

4/1/2014

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

He never forgot where he came from, and Greg Mosier would like to come home.

The 57-year-old Mosier is a finalist for the Fort Hays State University presidency, the third of five candidates to visit campus during a three-week period in March and April.

He got his start in education in northwest Kansas, attending kindergarten through second grade in Hoxie, where his father served as principal of the high school in the 1960s. Even after moving away from Hoxie, Mosier spent 12 years working in the summer on his grandparents’ farm near Hoxie.

“That helped make western Kansas home for me,” Mosier said. “I have a special attachment to Sheridan County. It’s God’s country.”

Currently the dean of the School of Business at the University of Nevada-Reno, Mosier said he is ready to take the next step and run an entire university.

After all, he learned all about leading by osmosis.

“This is something I’ve been preparing for my whole life,” Mosier said at a public reception Tuesday in Robbins Center on campus.

Mosier’s dad, Richard Mosier, served as president of Colby Community College, then spent 24 years as president of Claremore Junior College — now Rogers State University — in Claremore, Okla.

Now, Richard Mosier’s son is one of the finalists to take over for Ed Hammond, who announced in October he would be retiring as FHSU president after 27 years at the helm, effective this summer.

“It’s a position I watched my father deal with the state Legislature, the faculty and staff,” he said. “I observed that my whole life, and all my education has been geared toward that.”

After the FHSU presidential search committee chose the five finalists, the Kansas Board of Regents arranged for each of them to visit Hays for a day and a half to tour the campus and the community, and to meet with a variety of groups of people.

Tuesday was a trip down memory lane for Mosier.

Not only did some folks from Hoxie make the trip to the reception, but he had family from Hays greet him as well.

Dr. Steve Mosier, a longtime veterinarian in Hays, is Greg Mosier’s uncle and was in attendance Tuesday with his wife, Linda.

“This has really been fun,” the candidate’s uncle said.

The Mosiers are a large extended family, and Steve Mosier said the family gets together for a reunion twice a year.

“This was an unexpected one,” Steve Mosier said. “We heard he was coming (as a finalist), and we were thrilled.”

Mosier, who is married with three children ages 11 to 17, is scheduled to speak and answer questions at a Wednesday morning press conference at 9:30 in Dreiling Lobby of Sheridan Hall on campus.

The name of finalist No. 4 will be announced at noon Sunday, followed by a 4:30 p.m. reception on campus Monday and a press conference Tuesday. The final candidate is scheduled to come to Hays on April 10 and 11.

FHSU will submit its candidate recommendations to the regents at the conclusion of the campus visits, and the board anticipates naming the ninth president of FHSU by late April, with the new president taking office July 1.