UF Law student serves on Gov. Scott’s Transition Team
In November, Ryan Moseley (3L) was made an offer he couldn’t refuse. The election of a new governor required a transition team to put the incoming administration in touch with the status of various sections of state government.
Of particular importance was the Florida Department of Health, which not only is weathering rough economic conditions but also stands to undergo significant changes thanks to the recently enacted federal health care law. When it came to the attention of the Department of Health team that a well-qualified student was at the Levin College of Law, Moseley was asked to join the group.
“Basically, our mission was to do due diligence on the Department of Health,” Moseley said. “You could really get lost in the weeds, but we tried to stay big picture, so we focused on their mission, their culture and their processes.”
To that end, Moseley and the rest of the Department of Health team traveled the state, collected vast amounts of information, interviewed individuals, and compiled all of that into recommendations for how to move forward.
This was the latest of numerous acts of public service that Ryan has engaged in since stepping on the University of Florida campus in the fall of 2003. He knew he wanted to get involved on campus, but even he could probably not have predicted just how much he’d accomplish during his time in Gainesville.
While studying finance as an undergrad, he found time to serve as a senator in student government, later becoming budget appropriations chairman, and then student body treasurer. Though acquiring these positions alone would be a significant achievement, it only scratches the surface of what Moseley has done.
He also served as vice president and president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and was a member of Florida Blue Key, where he served as marketing director for Gator Growl.
During his first and second year of law school, Moseley partnered with former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow to encourage student involvement in community service and raise money for children issues. Together, they raised more than $500,000 for Shands Hospital and Uncle Dick’s Home — a home for orphans in the Philippines.
Along the way, he was recognized for his academic achievements, as well as his leadership and service. He was selected as a J. Wayne Reitz scholar, won the John M. Kinzer award and several others, and was chosen to enter the UF Hall of Fame.
Moseley’s accolades culminated in his election as student body president for the 2007-08 year, during which he was also earning a master’s degree in international business. Fast forward three years, and Moseley is preparing to graduate from the Levin College of Law. After graduation, he will work for Barclays Capital as an analyst in its health care group.
And Moseley and his team found that forming recommendations for the governor more closely resembled an auditor than a political consultant.
“Politics really wasn’t our concern,” Moseley said. “When we put those recommendations forward, we included the caveat that some of it might not be possible,” he added.
While political feasibility could not be ignored, it was up to the governor to choose how to navigate those waters. “That next step obviously gets more tricky,” Moseley said.
All of this was done between late November and late December — a time when law students are already notoriously busy as they prepare for final exams. How did he handle it all? “Really late nights, really early mornings, and fitting things in where I could.”
The short time between the election and the new governor’s assumption of office meant that much had to be done in a very small amount of time. But Moseley has no regrets, and in fact, called it “an absolutely amazing opportunity.”
This was hardly the first time that Moseley had to take a lot of information and distill it into a single course of action. As student body president, he served as the student voice for 50,000 students who varied in their views tremendously — and was tasked with pulling all those opinions into a cohesive plan.
Moseley said that his time as student body president taught him the importance of getting a wide range of views on issues.
“One way to do it is to look at something and try to make your best determination,” he said. “But the best way, I found, was to build a group of people that was diverse, and would give you a diverse opinion. Then, you can aggregate all those opinions, and put forth your choice.”
While Moseley has chosen not to pursue a career in law, at least for now, he credits his time at the Levin College of Law for shaping his analysis, and is particularly happy that he was able to chart his specific course through the program.
“The University of Florida does a great job of providing you the courses that you need to allow you to pursue what you want.”