Belhaven University has appointed longtime communications professional Bill Moak head of its communication program. His hiring coincides with the University’s shift to a stronger emphasis on public relations, journalism and web communications.
Moak plans on working with communication professionals for future learning opportunities. Simultaneously, he will be working to develop new directions and initiatives, which will help attract more students from around the world.
He attended Bogue Chitto High School and Southwest Mississippi Community College, before enrolling at the University of Mississippi, wheere he earned his bachelor’s in journalism and wrote for the Daily Mississippian.
He wrote for the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, before earning a Master of Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. For the next 11 years, he worked as a public relations representative for several organizations, until he accepted a position of President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Mississippi, where he spent the next decade.
Moak honors include Rookie of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM) and recognition as a Senior Practitioner by the Southern Public Relations Federation (SPRF).
He is accredited in Public Relations (APR) and was President of the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Society of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. He was elected Southern Regional Governor and a member of the national BBB Executive Committee.
Community involvment includes Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club (president), the Mother’s Milk Bank of Mississippi (founding board member); the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (board member, executive committee); and Boy Scout Troop 15 in Madison (assistant scoutmaster and troop treasurer).
He and Lori (his wife of 25 years) attend Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, where he has served as a deacon since 1993. They have sons Daniel and Caleb.
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