Student Testimonies - Alphronzo "Al" Moseley
Alphronzo "Al" Moseley, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Regent School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship alumnus Al Moseley of Albany, Georgia is Professor of Program Management and Performance Learning Director for Leadership and Management at the Defense Acquisition University, School of Program Management. He oversees curriculum revisions and new course development for the Leadership and Management portfolio that includes four courses and a team of 38 instructors. He establishes performance outcomes and performs competency gap analysis against existing learning assets in his portfolio, and he determines the most appropriate learning assets that meet the needs of the defense acquisition customers.
I spoke with Al at the dawn of this new year of opportunities.
Tell us a little about your family background and what drew you to the U.S. Air Force and Regent University.
I’m a native of Albany, Ga. and the son and grandson of Southern Baptist ministers. My father was a pastor for over 40 years and a locksmith for the local military installation in my hometown, and he had his own locksmith business at home. Although my father worked three jobs to make a living for his family of seven children, we were considered poor by today’s standards. Furthermore, my mother did not work outside the home. It was only by the grace of God that five of seven children are college graduates.
It was surely by God’s grace that I hold Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from Tuskegee University and the Air Force Institute of Technology, respectively. Why do I say it was by God’s grace? When I attended Tuskegee University, I was married and had two small children. Before enrolling in Tuskegee, I was an enlisted member in the Air Force. I joined the Air Force because my oldest brother was in the Air Force, and I saw it as an opportunity to get an education since my parents did not have the financial means to send me to college. As an enlisted member of the Air Force and being so young with a family to take care of, it seemed impossible that I’d graduate from college and become a commissioned officer. But God answered my prayer and permitted me to earn a 4-year Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) scholarship as a result of competing for and being accepted into the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program. I was a distinguished military graduate of Tuskegee’s AFROTC program, and I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. A couple of years later, I earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio.
His grace was extended to me in my pursuit of a doctorate degree. But with a wife and five children, that would be nearly impossible because of the time and commitment required, and I didn’t want to enroll until my children had become independent. After retiring from the Air Force, I relocated to Northern Virginia where I had once lived while being assigned to the Pentagon. I had never heard of Regent University. I found Regent through a google search. The subjects of leadership and mentoring had always intrigued me so I sought out universities with a leadership curriculum. I began my first residency at Regent University in May 2007 and completed all requirements for the Doctor of Strategic Leadership degree in December 2010.
My wife, Joyce, and I have five adult children (Colmar, Bertrand, Burl, Shari and Larry) and two grandchildren, Aiden and Mya. We are so very proud of our children, because they continued the standard of educational excellence established by my parents, and they are products of family mentoring. Colmar is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and later went on to get his Ph.D. in psychology at Alabama University. Bertrand is a graduate of Princeton University, Burl graduated from New York University, and Shari matriculated from Cornell University. Larry, our fifth child, is finishing studies at Florida A&M University.
How did your Christian faith sustain you during your military career?
Once again, it was by God’s grace through much prayer and support from my family, relatives and friends, and my desire for serving others that sustained me during my 30-year military career. Despite my many travels and change of assignments in the Air Force, I remained close to my parents and siblings spun by frequent visits, and I ensured my children had a close relationship with their grandparents and their uncles and aunts. Additionally, during my off-duty time, my desire to serve others manifested itself in several capacities in the church and in professional organizations. In the church, I served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, Sunday school teacher, men’s ministry president, Bible study teacher, youth director, choir member, and director of evangelism and missions. Of the many professional organizations that I affiliated with, the most notable was the one in which I was a founding member and architect—the Air Force Cadet Officer Mentor Action Program (AFCOMAP). Twenty-two years later, AFCOMAP is a thriving global organization.
How have you used your Regent education to change the world?
I’m using my Regent education to change the world in several ways. First, in my current position as performance learning director for the leadership and management curriculum at the Defense Acquisition University, I’m involved in creating and revising curriculum that impacts over 150,000 members currently in the acquisition workforce. Secondly, I was recently certified as a Defense Acquisition University Executive Coach through the Cambridge Group Worldwide executive coaching qualification training program. In this capacity, I aid in the leadership development of senior defense program managers who are responsible for efficiently executing billions of our taxpaying dollars. Thirdly, I’ve created executive program management curriculum that emphasizes leading change in a dynamic, fiscally constrained environment compounded by major drivers such as globalization, knowledge explosions, technology revolutions and unrelenting change. Fourth, the evangelism and missions ministry in which I’m the director is involved in Christian missions in Brazil and Kenya. Last, but not least, the best is yet to come!
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