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Moravian College announces two new hires in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Nicholas Creary and Dr. Daisy Purdy joined Moravian on January 4

BETHLEHEM, PA, February, 2, 2021: Today, Moravian College announced two new hires in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as part of the college’s ongoing efforts to improve the campus climate and continue developing an inclusive community for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Dr. Nicholas Creary will fill the role of Associate Provost of Academic Inclusion and Innovation and Associate Professor.  Dr. Daisy Purdy will act as the Associate Provost of Community, Equity, and Engagement and also join the faculty as an Assistant Professor.

“The leadership, students, and faculty of Moravian recognize the urgent need for ongoing work in the area of equity and inclusion and we’re thrilled to welcome both Dr. Creary and Dr. Purdy to campus,” said Cynthia Kosso, provost at Moravian College.  “Their collective experience in teaching and student life will be a great addition to the college, and I’m confident their contributions to our community will be extensive and genuinely impactful.” 


Nicholas Creary comes to Moravian from the University of Iowa, where he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Diversity and Enrichment. He has worked in higher education for nearly two decades.  He has extensive teaching experience and also has worked in student life. Creary earned his Ph.D. in African history from Michigan State University, where he did minor fields in African American history and religion in Africa.


Daisy Purdy completed a Ph.D. in Political Science at Northern Arizona University and has submitted a second dissertation in Environmental Studies to Macquarie University in Australia.  Her fields of research include Indigenous knowledges and sustainability.  She has considerable teaching experience and also has a background working in student life.  Purdy has earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and has a specialty in Native American Studies.

To learn more about the Moravian College Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, visit

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About Moravian College
Moravian College is the nation's sixth-oldest college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees that blend liberal arts with professional programs. For more than 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been preparing students for reflective lives, fulfilling careers, and transformative leadership in a world of change. Moravian College is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U), a national consortium of selective, small to midsize independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College focus on education for all prepares its students for life-long success.