PRAIRIE VIEW – Gloria J. Mosby, communications program director for Prairie View A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, retired Jan. 31 after 32 years of service.
Mosby started her career at Prairie View A&M in the Cooperative Extension Program, the educational outreach unit for the college. 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 publicize Extension and college efforts to the citizens of Texas, clientele, funders and appropriate legislative entities. Under her leadership, the Prairie View A&M Cooperative Extension Program developed its brand slogan, “Meeting Needs, Changing Lives.”
During her tenure, the communications staff expanded from one person to five. Today the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, which includes the departments of agriculture, nutrition and human ecology, the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center and the Cooperative Extension Program, is marketed via print, broadcast, podcasts, online and social media and an information technology unit.
In addition to her work at Prairie View, Mosby held several positions in national organizations, serving as chair and co-chair of the Association of Extension Administrators Marketing and Communications Team and chair of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network Executive Committee. She also held the positions of secretary, vice-president and president of the Journal of Extension board of directors. She 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, “Media Relations Made Easy,” held in Little Rock, Ark. in 2008 for all 1890 land-grant university communicators.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Mosby received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Morgan State College and a master of science degree in rural sociology from Texas A&M University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, Central West Africa, where she received a postgraduate degree in French and African literature.
Prior to working at Prairie View A&M University, she was a communications assistant for Opportunities Industrialization Centers International in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mosby plans to continue writing, editing and working in business with her husband, Harry C. Mosby Jr.