After nearly 11 years at Vanguard, Associate Dean of Students, Ryan Moyher has made the decision to leave his position after this semester.
Moyher position became part-time beginning on Feb. 16, and he has begun to transition into a career as a marriage and life therapist.
After starting to explore the career of therapy as an unlicensed therapist, Moyher realized it was time for a shift in occupation.
“I’ve really enjoyed the work. I felt more of a pull to kind of jump into that full time,” Moyher said.
According to Moyher, he has stayed on staff since for the time-being so he may continue to support his staff and give more time for administrators to find a replacement.
While the replacement at this time is unknown, Tim Young, Dean of Students, is currently interviewing to fill the position, according to Moyher.
Moyher explained the position is looking be filled prior to his leaving in June, but it is hard to stick to firm timeline for this. Nonetheless, Moyher believes it will be a seamless transition.
Moyher has worked at the institution since fall 2008, where he was a part time Resident Coordinator for the Vanguard Center dormitory. He later became the Resident Director of Huntington Hall, Director of Resident Life, and, eventually transferred into administration, becoming Director of Leadership Development prior to the promotion into his current position.
For his three years as Assistant Dean of Students, Moyher has spent time helping students better understand themselves. Him main focus is on the professional employees of the university, however, in addition to working closely alongside the Student Government Association (SGA).
Through this, Moyher has worked to assess and manage various activities, such as assessment and management practices, and overseeing leadership retreats and hiring processes, including those for student leadership positions.
“It’s a fun job because I could do a lot of different things,” Moyher said.
Although a difficult decision to make, Moyher explained for the last four years, he has had the desire to become a therapist–completing his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology.
“Therapy has always been the next step for me,” Moyher explained.
While the future is not fully known, he does not rule out coming back to work for the university.
“”I would be very open to coming back someday,” Moyher said.