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Dr. Randy Moffett

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Randy Moffett, Ph.D.

On Feb. 1, 2016, Dr. Randy Moffett became the interim president of the University of New Orleans. He previously spent four years as the president of the University of Louisiana System. The UL System has nine universities under its governance: the University of New Orleans, Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As the largest higher education system in the state, the UL System serves approximately 90,000 students.

During his first year at the helm, the UL System implemented and completed a comprehensive economic and community impact study, partnered with the Louisiana Department of Education to establish mentoring programs at all universities, and established a cost containment and efficiencies committee to streamline operations.

During his four years as president of the UL System, President Moffett oversaw the search and selection of five university presidents, shepherded the movement of the University of New Orleans into the UL System, and guided the System’s universities through a series of budget reductions while improving operational efficiency, accountability and performance. Under his leadership, the UL System increased admission standards, enhanced access to community college students, expanded online degree offerings, implemented a 120-hour degree standard, increased retention rates, reduced time to degree, increased the number of degrees awarded and raised graduation rates.

In 2009, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Dr. Moffett to serve as a Louisiana representative on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). SREB is a nonprofit organization that works with leaders and policy-makers in 16 member states to improve pre-K through postsecondary education.

Dr. Moffett previously served seven years as president of Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, one of the eight regional universities that make up the University of Louisiana System. Prior to his campus presidency, he worked at Southeastern in various staff, faculty and administrative positions for more than 25 years. Dr. Moffett oversaw Southeastern’s transition from being an open-admissions institution to one that embraced admission standards ahead of the state’s time schedule. In spite of this move, the university maintained a strong enrollment of approximately 15,000 students, making it the third largest university in the state of Louisiana.

Active in community affairs, Dr. Moffett served on the Board of Directors of the Hammond Chamber of Commerce and has been active with the United Way. He is a strong advocate of student service-learning, where students combine academic pursuits with service to their communities. He served as vice chair of Louisiana Campus Compact, a coalition of state college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. He also served on the President’s Leadership Group of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.

A native of Jonesboro, La., Dr. Moffett is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern State University. In 1980, he was awarded a doctorate in educational administration from LSU and received an honorary doctorate from the Ibero-American Council for Excellence in Education in 2007. He has also completed studies at the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.