Frank Otha Moxley (1908 - 2004) - Dr. Frank O. Moxley, an early pioneer in
Kentucky education, was born June 29, 1908 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 1958,
he was the first African-American to earn a Master’s Degree in Psychology and
Guidance from Western Kentucky University and in 1974 he received a Doctorate in
Psychology from East Coast University/National University. Dr. Moxley was
instrumental in the creation of the guidance counselor position in the Kentucky
public school system and was the first African-American to hold that position.
Some of Dr. Moxley’s outstanding accomplishments and contributions are as
follows: 1) Appointed by the Governor to write the state ‘Elementary Guidance
Program which earned him an award from Morehead University; 2) Appointed by
former Governor Carroll to develop project “Independence” for Mayfield, Murray
and Paducah Kentucky. A program designed to help seniors become more
independent; 3) Board Member of the local NAACP 4) Responsible for the legal
services office located in Bowling Green, Kentucky; 5) Basketball Coach for
twenty years at High Street School; 6) Member, Board of Directors, “South
Central Kentucky Minority Economic Development Council; 7) Inducted into Western
Kentucky University’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni; 8) In 1998, at the age of
90, Dr. Moxley was one of the key players who Assisted the city of Bowling Green
in qualifying to receive a multi-million Dollar federal grant.; 9) Pass board
member of NAACP (LOCAL AND STATE) Dr. Moxely’s impact on improving the quality
of life for individuals throughout the state has been tireless. Because of such
efforts, Dr. Moxley has been honored by the City of Bowling Green with a
gymnasium named in his honor and has received the Anderson Laureate Award.
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