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MoseleyEdwin M. Moseley

Edwin M. Moseley began his teaching career in 1937. He came to Skidmore in 1961 to assume the dual posts of professor of English and dean of the faculty. Moseley became the college's first provost when that position was created in 1967.

In the fall of 1972, President Palamountain suffered a heart attack; Dean Moseley stepped in as acting president. Palamountain would later say, "It is difficult to conceive of what Skidmore would have been without [Moseley's] unique contributions."

Moseley "gave his all to the strengthening and support of the faculty," Palamountain continued, viewing it "never as a collective noun but rather as a complex and potentially unstable mix of highly talented individuals requiring individual, sensitive and creative concern and support."

Moseley relinquished his administrative duties in 1976 to teach full-time. He died in December 1978.

In 1979 the annual faculty research lecture (established in 1957) was named in his honor.