PRAIRIE VIEW, TX – Gloria J. Mosby, program director – Communications for Prairie View A&M University College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS), retired effective January 31st after 32 years of service. Mosby started her career at Prairie View A&M in the Cooperative Extension Program (CEP), which is the outreach unit for the CAHS. During her tenure, Mosby served as Program Assistant in Communications, Communications Specialist and Program Director.
Her responsibilities included developing and editing written documents and giving overall direction to the Communications unit to ensure that the CEP and the CAHS were publicized and marketed to the citizens of Texas, clientele, funders and appropriate legislative entities. Under her leadership, the Cooperative Extension Program developed its brand slogan, “Meeting Needs, Changing Lives”.
During her tenure the Communications staff expanded from one person to five in order to solidify and enhance the work that needed to be done for the College. Today the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Ecology, the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center and the Cooperative Extension Program, is widely publicized and marketed via print, broadcast, podcasts, online and social media and also includes a viable Information Technology unit.
In addition to her work at the University, Gloria held several key positions in national organizations, serving as chair and co-chair of the Association of Extension Administrators (AEA) Marketing and Communications Team and chair of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network Executive Committee. Gloria also held the positions of secretary, vice-president and president of the Journal of Extension board of directors. She also received Distinguished Service Awards for outstanding leadership from the Cooperative Extension Program and an Outstanding Service Award for impact writing from the Association of Extension Administrators.
One of the highlights of her career was serving as co-principal investigator for a grant to conduct a first of its kind national training called Media Relations Made Easy for all 1890 Land-Grant University communicators. Held in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2008, the training had communicators from twelve 1890
Land-Grant Universities in attendance.
A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Gloria received her Master of Science degree in Rural Sociology from Texas A&M University, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, Central West Africa where she received a post graduate degree in French and African Literature and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morgan State College.
Prior to working at Prairie View A&M University she was a Communications Assistant for Opportunities
Industrialization Centers (OIC) International in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Gloria plans to continue writing and editing in retirement and will work in business with her husband, Harry C. Mosby Jr. She and Harry have one son, Lance C. Mosby.