Students say goodbye to Dr. Moffett

Director of Campus and Community Involvement (CCI) Raphael Moffett leaves Trinity on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, after over three years of service. Moffett will become the vice president for student affairs at Langston University in Oklahoma.

Moffett, who began working at Trinity in July 2009, looks back on his time in San Antonio and feels no regrets.
“Trinity has been a great place to live and work and grow,” Moffett said.

When asked what aspect he will miss most about Trinity, Moffett answered without hesitation.

“The students,” Moffett said. “Trinity students have been insightful, inquisitive, smart, polite, truly the salt of the earth. It has been a great three years.”

Always a familiar presence on campus, Moffett developed quite a rapport with students.

“Dr. Moffett is a bright spot on Trinity’s campus. I’m sad to see him go,” said junior Chris Alexander.

Hardly a newcomer to higher education, Moffett has worked at various universities over the past nine years. Langston University, a historically black college, is comparable in student body size to Trinity but does have distinct differences.

“The part I’m looking forward to the most is the population the institution serves,” Moffett said when prompted about what drew him to Langston. “A lot of students are first-generation and need the college experience to chart a new course for themselves.”

Humble about his accomplishments, Moffett credits the leadership program in CCI with honors his department has received. For the 2011 New Student Orientation diversity session, The Story of Our Community Begins with You, CCI was granted the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Excellence Awards gold certificate.

While Moffett does not know who will take his place, he is confident that the university will appoint a qualified replacement.

His advice to his successor is simple.

“Slow down. The work will continue to come and you will never get it all done in a day. It’s the nature of how things go. We are a small campus and you will have your hands on a little bit of everything. Use the people around you that have great skill sets, and listen to the concerns of the students,” Moffett concludes, wishing all Trinity students the best of luck in the future.