As director of enrollment management for the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) and executive director of graduate admission, Bryan Moody, wears multiple hats on campus. Moody has been with MU-COM since its start in 2012 and has worked to develop a strong database and admission process for the school. Moody’s role as executive director of graduate admission was added last spring, and he is currently working with his team and faculty members to essentially build graduate admissions from the ground up.
Moody grew up about an hour outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was a member of his high school’s speech and debate team, making it to the state tournament. Staying in Pennsylvania to receive his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in counselor education and student development theory, Moody later moved to Michigan, Massachusetts, and finally to Indiana.
Q & A with Bryan Moody
Q: What have you enjoyed most about working with the medical school since its beginning?
A: I think what I’ve enjoyed most is being able to play a very small part in making doctors. In the admissions roles I’ve worked, it’s always been to help them do something to improve the world, and that’s ultimately why I feel comfortable here at Marian University. Even if it’s just a formality that has a role in them being able to realize their dreams, that’s a pretty cool thing. Calling them and letting them know they’re admitted is a life changing moment. There are still students today who are part of our inaugural class that will email me on the day that I called them to admit them. It becomes that significant.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I collect pens, paperweights, clocks, and antique art glass from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The pens, paperweights, and clocks have always been sort of curious to me. Paperweights are very interesting because they are all unique, different, and fun to look at. Clocks come in a lot of different shapes and sizes just like people do. I just really like nice pens. I started collecting antique art glass a few years ago. A good friend’s grandmother had an extensive collection that ended up being sold at a Boston auction house. Spending time with her and hearing the stories about the pieces, the craftsmanship, the tradition, the families behind them, is all very interesting.
Q: When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: When I was younger, I actually wanted to be a lawyer. The ability to communicate has always been something that is very easy for me. For some reason, I thought being in a courtroom and arguing with people would be fun.