Hollye Moss named interim dean of College of Business

Hollye Moss instructs students in WCU’s College of Business. A past recipient of several teaching awards at WCU, Moss has been appointed to lead the college as interim dean, effective Jan. 1.

Hollye Moss, director of the School of Economics, Management and Project Management at Western Carolina University, has been appointed interim dean of WCU’s College of Business.

Moss, a professor of management, will be filling a vacancy created by the departure of Darrell Parker, who is leaving the WCU dean position to become president of Limestone College on Jan. 3.

The appointment of Moss, effective Jan. 1, was announced Thursday, Dec. 14, by Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar.

“I am confident in Dr. Moss’s ability to direct the College of Business during this period of transition,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “She is a proven leader with a strong skill set and the right demeanor to embrace this role. I am grateful to her for her willingness to step forward to ensure that the positive momentum being experienced by the College of Business continues.”

Moss, a member of the WCU faculty since 2002, became director of the School of Economics, Management and Project Management in 2015 as part of a reorganization of the College of Business.

“I am excited about the many terrific things happening in WCU’s College of Business,” Moss said. “Over the last five years, the College of Business has seen significant growth in the number of students. New programs have been added in the last two to three years, and the college is actively engaged with the business community. My goal is to continue on this path, supporting faculty and students as they make a positive difference in our region and in our state.”

Moss was named head of the then-Department of Management in 2012. She received the College of Business Professor of Excellence Award in 2006, WCU’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013 and the College of Business Graduate Teaching Award in 2014. She was named to the All-Southern Conference Faculty Team in 2016.

Parker had served as dean of the College of Business at WCU since July 1, 2012.

Plans for launching a national search for a permanent dean for the college will be announced soon, Morrison-Shetlar said.