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  1. November 30, 2016
    Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

    Gettysburg Foundation Names New President

    Matthew C. Moen Selected to Lead National Preservation Organization

    Gettysburg, PA (November 30, 2016)—Gettysburg Foundation announced today the selection of Matthew C. Moen as president of the Gettysburg-based organization whose preservation mission includes the funding and operation of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; land, monument and artifact preservation; battlefield rehabilitation; and, a major focus on leadership and civic education. Dr. Moen currently serves as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Lohre Distinguished Professor at the University of South Dakota (USD) in Vermillion, South Dakota. He begins his new position in March 2017.

    As dean of the largest college at USD, Moen leads sixteen academic departments, exercises financial oversight of a multi-million dollar budget, and has helped raise more than $21 million in the current university capital campaign. Before joining USD as dean in 2002, he spent 16 years at the University of Maine, where he rose through the ranks to serve as professor/chair of political science, special assistant to the president and University of Maine System Trustee Professor.

    Past leadership positions include chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association, president of the New England Political Science Association, and president of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, the leading national arts and sciences dean's organization. He speaks nationally on both liberal arts education and fundraising. In 2011, Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed him to the board of directors of the South Dakota Humanities Council, where he served for five years, including chair of the board.

    “Dr. Moen’s commitment to education, notable leadership roles and significant fundraising successes are a perfect combination for leading our organization,” said Robert A. Kinsley, Chair of Gettysburg Foundation’s Board of Directors. He continued, “Gettysburg is unequaled in its capacity to teach and inspire generations, and Gettysburg Foundation has both the opportunity and the responsibility to inspire generations to share that capacity, today and well into the future. Through our partnership with the National Park Service in support of the national parks at Gettysburg, we made substantial advancements in projects and programs related to education, preservation and acquisition. Dr. Moen’s professional history and experience will be a great asset for the Foundation as we continue our mission.”

    “I’m so pleased to join the Gettysburg community and to have the opportunity to advance the important work of the Gettysburg Foundation,” Moen said. “The battlefield represents the most intensive military conflict in the history of the North American continent, followed by President Lincoln’s marvelous words of healing and inspiration in the Gettysburg Address. In that same spirit, we will continue to honor the legacy of sacrifice, while also educating our citizens about the importance of political civility at this time in our nation’s history.”

    Dr. Moen received his B.A. from Augustana College and Ph.D. through the Department of Political Science and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. He is author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles on American politics.

    About Gettysburg Foundation

    Gettysburg Foundation is the non-profit educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to enhance preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg. The Foundation raised funds for and now operates the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. In addition, Gettysburg Foundation has a broad preservation mission that includes land, monument and artifact preservation and battlefield rehabilitation—all in support of the National Park Service’s goals at Gettysburg.

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