American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


AAFCS 2013-14 President Peggy Wild, CFCS, (far left) and AAFCS 2013-14
President-Elect Beverly Card, CFCS, (far right) present Virginia Moxley (middle) with the
AAFCS Distinguished Service Award during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Moxley Receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award

Alexandria, Va. – July 14, 2014—The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) honored its Distinguished Service Award recipients at a ceremony during the 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Mo., on June 28th. Among those selected for the prestigious award is Virginia Moxley, Manhattan, Kan.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the DSA award. I have watched over the years the DSA recipients and been inspired by the work they have accomplished. It is with great pride that I accept this award,” said Moxley.

Dr. Virginia Moxley is a visionary servant leader with a distinguished career in higher education. She has influenced and inspired thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and colleagues through her respect for the history of the profession, her institutional and professional association leadership, and her life of service to others.

Virginia is a professor of family studies and human services at Kansas State University and co‐director of the Institute for Academic Alliances that provides consultation and management support for higher education alliances nation‐wide. While serving as dean of the College of Human Ecology from 2006‐2013, the college realized a substantial increase in extramural funding and student enrollment. She led the expansion of programs to multi‐campus sites and through distance delivery models.

Virginia Moxley has served both AAFCS and the Kansas Affiliate through a variety of roles related to governance. Other awards and recognitions include, AHEA Leader in 1989, national president of Omicron Nu Honor Society (now Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society), co-founder of the Undergraduate Research Community for the Human Sciences, and recipient of the 2009 Public Service Award from The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities Board on Human Sciences.

Dr. Virginia Moxley holds a BS in textile science, an MS in family counseling, and a PhD in education, all from Kansas State University.

Other AAFCS 2014 Distinguished Service Award Recipients are:
Sharon McManus, CFCS
Linda Schaeffer
Cynthia Smith

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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