A former student who made his mark as a scholar and campus leader at The University of Southern Mississippi has returned to join its Division of Student Affairs as associate dean of students.
J. Brooks Moore will supervise student judicial services, the student government association and tradition and spirit programs, along with other duties as assigned in his new post. He succeeds Mike Mitchell, who was named dean of students at the University of South Alabama last fall.
“We’re fortunate to have Brooks back with us,” said Southern Miss Dean of Students Dr. Eddie Holloway. “He brings a vast amount of experience to this position, is student centered and highly motivated. I know he’ll do a superb job.”
Moore came to Southern Miss from the University of Illinois, where from 2002-2008 he served as assistant director of the Illini Union. His duties there included supervision of the Office of Registered Organizations; the Office of Volunteer Programs; the Student Organization Resource Fee; the Student Organization Complex; and Community Connection.
He said he’s flattered to be asked to rejoin Southern Miss, describing the opportunity as “a dream come true.”
“This is an exciting time for Southern Miss, and I am energetic about our vision and direction,” Moore said. “I look forward to enhancing programmatic efforts that build affinity among Southern Miss’ stakeholders, and will work with students to uphold and advance the shared values, beliefs, and expectations of the university.”
A native of Tickfaw, La., Moore earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Southern Miss in 1998, where he was a student in the university’s prestigious Honors College. He was elected Student Government Association president and Mr. USM, and was chosen for the Student Hall of Fame. He went on to earn a master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida State University in 2000.
From 2000-2002, Moore served as fraternity affairs advisor for the University of Tennessee’s Office of the Dean of Students. There, he provided leadership for the 23 fraternities and 20 residential fraternity houses at the university, while also advising its InterFraternity Council and National Panhellenic Council.
“We’re excited to welcome Brooks back to Southern Miss,” said Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul. “He was an outstanding SGA president when he was a student here, and gained superb professional preparation and experience at both Tennessee and Illinois. He will be a great asset to our staff and students.”
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