Ohio State Scholars Program honors Pat and Bobby Moser

September 17, 2012

Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch with Pat and Bobby Moser at the Moser Scholars Program event.

As a tribute to a remarkable couple, The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (FAES) announced in August—at an event organized by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation—that the college will name a multitude of scholarships, awards, and enrichment programs in honor of retiring Dean Bobby Moser and his wife, Pat Moser.

"Bobby and Pat Moser have been instrumental in building a world-class Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences program at Ohio State,” said Ohio State President Dr. E. Gordon Gee. “For more than two decades, they have raised the bar of academic excellence and helped students achieve success all across Ohio. The Moser Scholars Program is a great way to celebrate and honor these two extraordinary University citizens—indeed, two of the finest people I know."

With an emphasis on scholarship, study abroad experiences, and involvement with distinguished researchers and educators, the Moser Scholars program will present unique opportunities to educate and train future generations of leaders for agriculture and agriculture-related industries. FAES has set a goal of $5 million in private support to fully fund the scholarships and activities.

A $1 million commitment from Trustee Tim Smucker and The J.M. Smucker Company will support undergraduate scholarships—with preference given to food science and technology students—as a part of the Pat and Bobby Moser Scholars Program.

"While we will miss Bobby and Pat deeply, we are exceptionally happy that generations of students will benefit from these programs named in their honor,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher. “Even in their retirement they will continue putting students first."

Bobby Moser is the longest running dean under President Gee. As vice president for Agricultural Administration, Moser also oversaw Ohio State Extension, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the Agricultural Technical Institute. Moser’s wife, Pat, has been equally dedicated to the university and the state, leaving her own mark on the lives of students and Ohioans.

Bruce McPheron, an alumnus of Ohio State, was recently named as Moser’s successor. McPheron comes from Pennsylvania State University and will start his new job on November 1, pending Board of Trustees approval.

To make a gift or for more information about the Moser Scholars Program, visit giveto.osu.edu/moserscholars or call (614) 292-0473.