After a brief career in teaching and a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Moyer enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his Ph.D. in Research Methodology. In Pittsburgh he worked for Pitt’s Learning Research and Development Center and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. He and his family moved to Harrisburg in 1977 where Dr. Moyer joined the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a senior research associate, evaluating federal mandates and statewide long-range planning strategies. He was named in 1983 as the Director of Research and Strategic Planning for the newly formed State University System where he served for 14 years. At the time, the State System of Higher Education was the 17th largest employer in the Commonwealth with an annual budget exceeding $1.5 billion. His responsibilities included preparing the annual budget for academic and student affairs, developing information services, conducting institutional research, and providing strategic planning for the Board of Governors.
During this time Dr. Moyer served on numerous committees and commissions, appointed by the University System Chancellor, the Secretary of Education, the Speaker of the House, the Governor, local officials, and university presidents. He has consulted for the State Police, county governments, state agencies, the Pennsylvania Housing Authority, the Red Cross, school districts, municipalities, and institutions of higher education. In addition, he served ten years (1983 to 1992) as a faculty member for the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Governmental Administration graduate program, serving as Program Chair from 1987 to 1992. He also held adjunct appointments at the Harrisburg campuses of Temple and Penn State Universities.
Since leaving the State System of Higher Education Dr. Moyer has served as a Manager of Research for Keystone Health Plan Central’s Medical Management Program, as a research manager for the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, and as Director of Research and Strategic Planning for the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s KePRO.
In 2006 he joined the State Office of the Pennsylvania Economy League where he served as Director of Research. The Economy League’s State Office provided research, including economic/demographic analyses and fiscal studies, for the Commonwealth, statewide organizations, and local governments.
In January of 2009 Dr. Moyer founded The Civic Research Alliance, LLC, an organization serving the research and strategic planning needs of municipalities, school districts, and small businesses. The Alliance also works with statewide organizations to provide public policy studies at the state level.
Kerry and his wife have three grown children and reside in Mechanicsburg, PA.