2009, Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership
Argosy University, Online Programs
Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement at Louisiana State University of Alexandria
“The Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership Program at Argosy University aligned with my professional experiences and my research interests. [The school trained me to] utilize my passion for knowledge to help others succeed by becoming an effective leader in the educational field.”
Oversees New Student Orientation Programs, Counseling and Placement and Health Services
Stephan Moore was recently named the vice chancellor for student engagement at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. He’s responsible for all areas of student support including housing, student organizations, advising, campus activities, testing, disability services and counseling. He also works on the areas of student engagement and retention.
Prior to joining LSUA, he served as dean of students at the University of the Virgin Islands, reporting directly to the provost and serves as a member of the president’s cabinet. “[I oversaw] the division of student affairs’ personnel and programming including new student orientation programs, counseling and placement, student employment, health services, student governance, student leadership development, student activities, residence life, food services, student discipline, judicial affairs and services for students with special needs,” he said.
In addition to a Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Online Programs, Moore earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Campbell University. He’s working toward a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Georgia Southern University. Moore is interested in examining the ways in which academic and social programs hosted by Multicultural Centers at predominantly white institutions aid in increased recruitment, persistence, progression, retention and graduation of black male students in higher education.
Moore chose Argosy University because the school offered collaborative experiences that suited his professional goals. “I was excited about the program's direction and its emphasis on practical application,” he stated. “The program aligned with my professional experiences and my research interests.”
He added that his master’s degree provided the opportunity to grow in his career. He worked as a student affairs administrator and part-time faculty member—while assisting others in co-curricular education. “Argosy University allowed me to expand my impact as a knowledgeable and seasoned administrator, moving beyond the departmental level—expanding my influence and leadership to the division and college levels,” he said. The program allowed him to investigate issues including how the success of his office translates into the broader success of the institution, as well as how a school’s success can impact the higher education community.
Moore added that the flexibility of online education helped him to fit an education into his busy schedule. “Every course offered the opportunity for independent research and the faculty was open to students’ suggestions for improvement,” he stated. “The patience of the faculty and the students’ talent made Argosy University my first choice for my master’s degree.”
He mentioned that growing up in rural North Carolina shaped his passion to help young adults. “During high school, it all came together when students were randomly selected for mentoring,” he said. Moore worked with his high school’s fitness and wellness counselor, who recognized his calling to help others. “She introduced me to resources that were necessary for me as a young adult to not only succeed but to excel. At first, I resisted her efforts because tensions between different groups in my high school were complex, particularly around the area of race. But after some personal growth, my opinion of the situation changed.”
He acknowledged that his journey was not easy—and sought higher education that treated him as a person, not just a number. “The administrators and faculty members at Argosy University shared a high level of care, compassion, dedication and support to the students,” he said. “I have managed residential housing, dealt with student emotional concerns and issues and conducted judicial hearings. I recognized that by creating opportunities that foster a sense of responsibility toward the campus community, student affairs facilitates each student’s transition into adulthood.”
Moore recommended that students stay focused on their goals, emphasizing that education is a license to the future. “The knowledge that you gain while attending college can never be erased but can forever be enhanced,” he stated. “It is so critical to realize that the possibilities and the choices in front of you are unlimited.”
He is active in community service and has received professional recognitions including participation in NASPA Institute for aspiring chief student affairs officers, SJTI (Social Justice Training Institute), NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute), the William R. Harvey Executive Leadership Summit and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. In 2016, he received the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) Sankofa Award from the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA).
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