Greg Mosier credits the talented faculty at Rogers State College for inspiring his career in academia - that and a genetic predisposition to higher education.
After more than 20 years as a business professor at Oklahoma State University, Mosier moved to Nevada this year to serve as the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Reno.
A similar move brought Mosier to Claremore more than 35 years ago when his father, Dr. Richard Mosier, became president of Rogers State College. Dr. Richard Mosier served as the president of Rogers State College, a predecessor institution of Rogers State University, from 1972 to 1996 and was then named President Emeritus in 1996.
Former President Mosier was a strong supporter of distance learning programs and helped the college start its television station. He also helped establish the Oklahoma Military Academy Museum and was instrumental in establishing the Rogers College Foundation, now the RSU Foundation, which supports programs and students with more than $8 million in endowments.
After his family moved from western Kansas, Greg Mosier completed his junior and senior years at Claremore High School and then made the transition to RSC.
Mosier proudly displays his Rogers State College diploma in his Reno office next to his bachelor's degree in secondary biology education from OSU, a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in higher education administration from OSU. He earned an associate of science degree from Rogers State College in 1976.
On commencement day, Mosier received his RSC diploma from his father in an outdoor ceremony on the soccer field. “It was a really nice event,” he said.
He said he was a motivated student, sometimes taking 21 credit hours in a semester so he could finish his associate degree within two years. “It was easy to make it to classes because we lived on campus,” Mosier said laughing.
Taking a challenging course load forced Mosier to learn the time management skills that still serve him well today.
“Greg was a very ambitious young man when he started and continued that practice throughout his college days. I always admired Greg for passing the bar exam in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas,” said Dr. Danette Boyle, vice president for development at RSU.
Mosier said his fondest memories of RSC revolve around Ivan Lurz, a former biology instructor who received several teaching honors while at RSC. Lurz led by example and showed Mosier that “faculty members really do care about student learning,” he said.
Mosier described Lurz as a role model. Although later in his academic career he switched from biology to the social sciences, he often referred back to the academic example Lurz set for him.
“My time at Rogers State College was really a great experience,” he said.
Prior to his academic career, Mosier served as a corporate attorney for the Parker Drilling Company in Texas. Mosier is a member of the State Bars of Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
He had a noted career at OSU and received the OSU Regents Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003 and was named Professor of the Year in 2003 by the MBA Student Association.
He was recognized as the Outstanding MBA Faculty Member for 1999, served as Regents Service Professor from 1997 to 2001, and was coordinator of the College Scholar Leader Program. In 2006 he was named to an endowed professor position in the Spears School of Business.
Mosier is the author or co-author of more than 20 publications, two commercial publications and numerous book reviews. His research focuses on business, especially employment law and international business. Recently his research topics have included legal issues related to the use of technology.
Mosier said much of his family still lives in Claremore and he occasionally makes it back to the campus. “The university has really grown a lot and it is great to see all the changes on campus,” he said.