Moore promoted as head of leadership and activities

PLAINVIEW – Teresa Moore has been named director of student leadership and activities at Wayland Baptist University, a promotion that expands her job responsibilities. 

Moore has served as coordinator of student activities since 2003, a role in which she oversees student government and organizations, campus activities, the annual Koinonia new student orientation program and the annual Miss Wayland Scholarship Pageant.

The new role is a promotion that now includes oversight of the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement, a program started by Hope English three years ago before English took the reins as director of development in July.

According to Dr. Claude Lusk, vice president of enrollment management, the merging of the two roles made sense for the university.

“Essentially, we’re combining the leadership and activities program under Teresa Moore,” Lusk said. “The leadership program that Hope helped to launch is still in place and will be focusing on building leadership skills within our students, especially since Teresa works closely with our current student leaders.”

Lusk said the combination will allow Moore to build the leadership from her vantage point and grow the program as far as student volunteerism and involvement is concerned.

“We’re fortunate to have Teresa in that position, as she is someone who knows and loves the university and our students,” he said. “Having worked in that office with students for four years, she really appreciates the value of student leadership and that’s important to what we’re trying to do.”

Moore said she is excited about the new challenge the job change will entail.

“I’ll be teaching university life classes in the spring, overseeing the Leadership Summit and helping with the Degree of Difference Day as well,” Moore said. “There isn’t much precedence here, so I’m excited to get to help develop the program and hopefully, years down the road, we’ll see some benefits.

“I’ll be excited to give our students more opportunities to succeed. So many of them are thrust into leadership positions because of their personalities but they may not know how to lead. I’d love to provide more opportunities, even in small ways, that teach our students how to speak in public and grow their skills.”

Moore is a 1995 graduate of Wayland and spent several years on a performing arts team through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. She met her husband, Chris, who is technical theatre director at WBU, on the team. She worked as an admissions recruiter initially, then served as office manager for admissions before taking the student activities helm a few years back.

The Moores have two children, McKayleigh and Grayson, and are members of Harvest Christian Fellowship, where they both sing with the praise team.