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APSU endows scholarship honoring late communication professor John Moseley

John Moseley

(Posted April 6, 2018)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In 2014, Austin Peay State University established the John W. Moseley Media Room in the Dunn Center, but nearly three years later, a related scholarship honoring the late professor had not been endowed.

“I found out we were short about $500,” Dr. Mike Gotcher, former chair of the Austin Peay State University Department of Communication, said. “I made a donation, and I contacted Bikers Who Care, who also helped out, and we got it endowed.”

The new John W. Moseley Communication Scholarship Endowment will be awarded annually to an APSU student majoring in communication. It will also honor the legacy of a popular and respected faculty member.

“John had been so important to our department, and he had such an impact on our students, and he was such a kind, caring person,” Gotcher said. “We didn’t want his memory to be lost.”

After working in the music and broadcast industries for nearly four decades, Moseley received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Austin Peay. Upon completion of his degrees in 1994 and ’96 respectively, he became a faculty member and served the University for 18 years until his death on Feb. 9, 2014.

Moseley was known for his many talents, but he is most remembered as a cherished colleague and friend. He served as an associate professor of communication at Austin Peay, teaching courses in broadcast media, audio and video production, digital photojournalism and sports broadcasting. Moseley oversaw numerous student productions of high school graduations and sporting events, APSU commencements and the broadcast of many NCAA sports events, including APSU athletics and Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) games.

Moseley also enjoyed a long career as a studio musician, including playing keyboard and guitar for The Royal Guardsmen, whose 1966 single “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” became a national hit. He produced more than 30 popular record albums as an audio engineer for Warner Brothers records, Catfish Bay Studios in Nashville, Cavern Sound in Independence, Missouri, as well as One-Step Up Studios in Los Angeles. Moseley was nominated for a Grammy for his audio production work and voted on the Grammys for 16 years.

He served several civic organizations, including the Special Olympics, Camp Rainbow, Bikers Who Care and Buddy Ball. Moseley also was the recipient of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award in 2012.        

“I would encourage those who knew John to continue supporting this scholarship,” Gotcher said. “Our goal is to have that grow so we can extend it beyond one scholarship to many scholarships.”

To support this scholarship, contact the University Advancement Office at advancement@apsu.edu.