Penn State Scranton Chancellor Marwan Wafa announced that Paul Moyer has been chosen as Penn State Scranton’s new athletic director.

Moyer graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science and economics. Later, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, with a master’s degree in business administration, and in 1994, he graduated from Columbia University in New York, New York, with a doctorate in education with a focus on higher education administration. and finance.

Moyer has a long professional career, beginning working in professional sports, with the NBA’s Washington Bullets, Team America Soccer and the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 games. He then moved on to teaching senior, working for institutions like the Catholic University of Washington, D.C., Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, where he held positions as director of athletic facilities, associate director of Physical Education and Athletics, and Director of Sports and Recreation. Since 2011, he has served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, where he is responsible for intercollegiate athletics and recreation programs, departmental budget management, purchasing and development. maintaining all equipment and maintaining relationships with athletes. conferences and other organizations.

Moyer also had teaching experience and served as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, an associate professor at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and in his role as athletic director at McDaniel College, served as a lecturer in the physical education department. He has also coached soccer, basketball, golf and served as an athletic trainer and director of training for numerous institutions and organizations throughout his professional life. Moyer is currently Chairman of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee and has served on numerous boards and committees over the course of her career.

When asked why he was interested in the athletic director position at Penn State Scranton, he said it was an opportunity for him to grow the athletic program on campus, improve the athletic experience for students and return to eastern Pennsylvania.

Moyer’s goals as athletic director are to provide and promote an intercollegiate athletic program that supports the educational goals of the University and competes successfully for the PSUAC and USCAA; provide and promote engaging intramural competitions, programs, and activities for students, faculty, and staff that engage individual campus members in athletic competition in a casual yet organized manner; and provide recreational opportunities and outlets to the campus community by maintaining and adding programs and improving facilities to attract more students, faculty and staff to sports and recreational activities that enhance their experience, health and their well-being.

Moyer said he has acclimated well to life at Penn State Scranton and has already taken steps to improve the athletics program on campus.

“During the first semester, my goal is to evaluate the program, develop a strategic plan for the department, and meet with leaders from other campus units to see how athletics and recreation can help them and how they could engage with our department,” he said. remark. “From a university perspective, athletics is involved in everything from academic and student affairs, to facilities and enrollment.”

Moyer also acknowledges that the pandemic has caused a host of issues for athletics, not just at Penn State Scranton, but at many colleges and universities across the country. He says, however, that the staff has been great in managing these changes and keeping the student-athletes safe.

“Our staff tested participants who are unvaccinated and followed all university protocols in athletics to play, he said. “It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort from our staff, taking them away from other ‘normal’ things that they have to do as part of their responsibilities.”

Moyer also said that “when we have had issues with positive COVID cases, our Student Affairs and Campus Nursing staff have been wonderful in helping us manage the retesting of positive students, the testing of close contacts, contact tracing and timing of student return.

Moyer currently resides with his wife, Pam, and their two daughters, Sydney and Cara, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.