Organizational Leadership Alumnus Organizes First Major Twitter-Driven Political Debate

Moodian with Dan Walters and Ed Arnold

Dr. Michael Moodian (EdD ’07), organizational leadership alumnus, organized and served as a panelist for the first major debate in U.S. history to incorporate the use of Twitter.

Held on October 28 at the Brandman University campus in Irvine, California, where Moodian is a professor, the event included Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell, who discussed “Solutions to the California Financial Crisis.” “Social media sites such as Twitter are revolutionizing political campaigning,” said Moodian. “Candidates can now connect intimately and instantly with the citizenry.”

Moodian also organized and moderated a forum with U.S. Senate candidates Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore on March 30 in Irvine. Called “America in the 21st Century: A Town Hall Forum Featuring the U.S. Senatorial Candidates,” the event offered the public a chance to ask any questions on their minds.

The Twitter feed

Moodian has been making waves in other ways. He was elected to the board of trustees and executive board of the World Affairs Council of Orange County, and the board of directors of Talk About Abuse to Liberate Kids and the Society of Educators and Scholars. He was also named one of the “top 40 under 40” in the May issue of OC Metro.

Moodian released his second book, Rancho Santa Margarita (Images of America), which explores the history of southeast Orange County from the Spanish expedition, through the ranch activity of the region, to the development of the area today. He showcased and signed copies of his new publication at the Pepperdine University booth at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on April 25, held at the University of California, Los Angeles campus.

On February 24 Moodian visited the GSEP West Los Angeles Graduate Campus to participate in the Pepperdine University Libraries-sponsored Student to Scholar Colloquia Series. He discussed his new book, as well as his first title, Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence, and, drawing on these projects and other academic endeavors, answered the audience’s questions about developing ideas for scholarly projects and how to see them through to fruition.

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