Charles D. Moody, professor of education, School of Education, executive director of South African Initiatives, and vice provost emeritus for minority affairs, will retire from active faculty status on August 31, 1996, after 26 years of service to the University of Michigan.
Professor Moody received his B.S. degree from Central State University in 1954; his M.Ed. degree from Chicago Teachers College (South) in 1961; and his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1971. From 1959-70, he worked in several Illinois school districts as a teacher and administrator, and from 1968-70, superintendent of schools (Harvey, Illinois). He joined the University of Michigan in 1970 as director of the federally funded Program for Educational Opportunity (PEO) and lecturer in education. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1971, associate professor in 1975, and professor in 1980. In 1987, Professor Moody became vice provost for minority affairs. He served in this post until 1993, when he became executive director of South African Initiatives and vice provost emeritus for minority affairs.
Within the School of Education, Professor Moody taught courses in educational administration, chaired a number of doctoral committees, and interacted regularly with both undergraduate and graduate students. He chaired the school's Division of Educational Specialists from 1973-77. He also directed the Project for Fair Administration of Student Discipline from 1975-80 and the Center for Sex Equity in Schools from 1981-87. Professor Moody has also served on a number of University-wide committees.
Professor Moody founded the National Alliance of Black School Educators and has served as its president and as a member of its executive committee. As director of the Program for Educational Opportunity, he worked hard, both within and outside the state, to provide assistance to local school district personnel and professional colleagues. He also wrote regularly for the PEO publications Title Line and Breakthrough. Over the years, Professor Moody has also directed and participated in numerous major workshops and conferences to promote equity in education. His work on issues of high national priority-school desegregation and multicultural education-is highly acclaimed, and his articles have appeared in such journals as The School Administrator and The Journal of Negro Education. The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Charles D. Moody professor emeritus of education.