The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors finalized a two-year contract with Eddie N. Moore Jr. to make him the president of the 80-year-old public institution. The contract will take effect on Jan. 10.
Moore is the institution’s 6th president and has said one of his first tasks as permanent president will be to implement a 100-day plan focused on three key strategic initiatives: enhance institutional accountability, increase retention of current students and grow the enrollment of new students, and improve the University’s graduation rate. Moore has also initiated a campus-wide strategic planning and brand planning effort that will define the University’s future direction, and expand its promotional efforts to tell the NSU story effectively.
Last month, the NSU Board of Visitors approved a resolution for BOV Rector Thomas N. Chewning to develop a contract with Moore, who had been interim president since joining the University in September 2013. The contract was finalized earlier this week.
“The Board of Visitors is pleased to announce the appointment of Eddie N. Moore, Jr. as the 6th president of Norfolk State University,” states Chewning. “Eddie is the right leader at the right time for this institution and we are fortunate to have this high caliber of leadership and experience at Norfolk State.”
According to Chewning, among Moore’s accomplishments as Interim President was the removal of NSU from probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Moore’s direction and oversight of a cross-departmental effort to prepare the monitoring report for SACSCOC successfully addressed administrative and procedural matters at the school, which existed prior to his arrival in 2013.
“President Moore has set the tone for continuous improvement and accountability at NSU,” Chewning continues. “His previous experience as a member of the board of trustees for the accrediting body proved to be invaluable during this review. He guided us through the accreditation challenges and helped us emerge as a stronger institution.”
Before his arrival to NSU, Moore served as president of St. Paul’s College from November 2011 through June 2012. Previously, Moore served as the president of Virginia State University (VSU) from 1993-2010. Before his tenure at VSU, Moore was treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he served on 18 state boards and had oversight authority for more than $20 billion of Virginia’s assets. Moore also served as comptroller at the College of William and Mary.
“I am truly honored to serve as President and am appreciative of the opportunity to serve in the best interests of NSU students, the University as a whole, and our community,” said Moore. “Norfolk State is well-positioned for a brighter future and I look forward to being a part of its great legacy.”
Moore has a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a certified public accountant in Texas and the Commonwealth of Virginia (inactive). President Moore is married to Elisia Moore and has 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
Statement from Rector Thomas N. Chewning
Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University
January 8, 2016
On behalf of the Board of Visitors, I am pleased to inform the University community that we have finalized a two-year contract with Eddie N. Moore Jr. to appoint him as President of Norfolk State University. His appointment is effective January 10, 2016.
Since the day President Moore arrived on campus, he has set the tone for continuous improvement and accountability that will ensure a brighter future for NSU. He has the board’s full confidence and support as he seeks ways to help students, faculty and staff succeed at Norfolk State. This includes the recently launched strategic planning process across the university.
Among President Moore’s accomplishments as Interim President was to remove the university from probation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). His oversight and willingness to take the actions necessary to address the concerns raised by SACSCOC made a difference in the outcome. Our decision to appoint him confirms the Board’s confidence in his ability to lead NSU to the next level. We believe that President Moore will continue the positive momentum that has been generated since the beginning of his tenure at NSU in
Please join me in congratulating President Moore on his appointment as the 6th president of Norfolk State University.