Commitment Impacts Lives of Students
Director of Residence Life, Mr. Robert Moses, has been a familiar face on campus and a friend to countless students, faculty and staff for many years. Ask any number of alumni who have known Bob from over the years and chances are he’s still considered both a mentor and a friend..
Bob Moses came to ESU in 1976 as assistant dean of students responsible for the first co-ed dorm on campus. He was named Director of Residence Life in 1998. Besides the residence halls, Mr. Moses is involved in many campus and community committees and organizations most of which are human services oriented.
His work with students over the years with various student organizations including Students Organized Against Rape, the Residence Hall Association, ESU Colleges Against Cancer has often been characterized as education outside the classroom. It’s all about getting students involved in experiences that carrying with them “life lessons,” such as reducing the university’s carbon footprint, litter control, and other environmental issues associated with the president’s Commission on Sustainability
Bob’s ability to connect in a meaningful way with students and others ultimately led the Resident Advisor Staff to form the Moses Society in his honor in 1998. The Moses Society is an organization that seeks to enhance the quality of life for students within the residence halls and the University Apartments. An RA Scholarship is awarded annually by the society.
Mr. Moses was recently honored with ESU’s prestigious annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award in January.
His relationship with students doesn’t end when they graduate. He continues, to be thought of as a good friend by so many of those whose lives he has touched. He’s often invited to the weddings of former students, and continues to receive birth notices, and holiday cards from alumni going back any number of years.
It’s difficult to put in words but I’ve had the great pleasure to associate with many excellent students during my time at ESU, I hope I have influenced them in a positive manner and that I have had some impact on their lives.
Mr. Moses attended the State University of New York at Albany in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, completing both a Bachelor or Arts degree in sociology, with minors in English and History, and a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Services. He has been married for 42 years to his childhood sweetheart, Kathy, who retired from teaching four graders at the Pocono Elementary Center in Tannersville, PA. They have two sons, Jeff and Chris, who are both Penn State graduates.