James Moseley

Dr. James "Jay" G. Moseley is Franklin College's 15th president.  Prior to joining the college July 1, 2002, he was vice president and dean of the college and a professor of religion at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY, since 1991.

He served in faculty and administrative positions at New College of the University of South Florida from 1973 to 1986 and Chapman College in Orange, CA, from 1986 to 1991.

Dr. Moseley holds a doctorate and master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School.  His bachelor's degree is from Stanford University. He is the author of three books and numerous scholarly articles about religion in American life and culture.

His wife, Candace, is a former high school Latin teacher. Their daughter, Emily, an attorney, and her husband Robert Esther, M.D., live in North Carolina and are the parents of the Moseleys’ grandson James Benjamin and granddaughter Mary Jane. Jay and Candace’s son, Jamie, is a professor in the Dartmouth College Medical School in New Hampshire, where his wife, Lindsay, is an account manager for Cambridge Energy Research Associates.   Jamie and Lindsay are the parents of a second granddaughter, Katharine.

Dr. Moseley believes that undergraduate liberal arts education prepares young men and women for productive lives of excellence, leadership, and service in a diverse and changing world. Along with his work at Franklin College, he serves on several educational and civic organizations. He is an avid reader, a dedicated runner, and a lover of music.