Johnny M. Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Moore started his professional career as an instructor of mathematics at East Arkansas Community College (EACC). In his final year at East Arkansas, he was named the Distinguished Professor of the Year. Later, he was recruited to serve as an instructor of mathematics at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Over a nine year period at Indian River, Dr. Moore became a tenured full professor of mathematics and department chairman and was eventually promoted to the position of District Vice President for Student Affairs. During his tenure, the college established a Student Leadership Institute boasting All USA Today First Team Academic Team participants and two Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Award recipients. After nearly 16 years of service at Indian River, he accepted the position of Executive Vice President at Tyler Junior College (Texas). At Tyler JC, Dr. Moore led a Campus Civility Initiative to help create a Student Ready college environment that promoted civility, collaboration, diversity, inclusion, equity, trust and respect for individual differences and perspectives.
Later, he served as the 13th President and CEO of Philander Smith College, a private four-year liberal arts institution located in his home state of Arkansas. At his alma mater (PSC), he led the development of a new strategic plan that focused on Student Academic Achievement, Enrollment, Retention, and Financial Stability. During his administration, the college secured nearly $10 million toward new program initiatives and student scholarships to help improve the intuition’s financial position. The alumni range of giving at the college increased from 4% to nearly 16%. After serving nearly two years as president of the private 4-year liberal arts college, he had a very strong desire to return to his passion for comprehensive two-year community colleges. Subsequently, he agreed to serve as the Interim Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at Northeast Texas Community College before accepting the presidency at Pierpont Community & Technical College located in Fairmont, West Virginia. Under his leadership, Pierpont has progressively and collaboratively increased its partnerships with industry and other higher education institutions to ensure that students are provided with the best pathways to success. In fall 2016, the college completed the construction of a state-of-the art 65,000 square-foot, two story, multifaceted Advanced Technology Center to provide leadership in improving energy innovation, advanced manufacturing and healthcare fields, as skills are rapidly changing and technology in the workplace is becoming more prevalent.
Dr. Moore has been a politically astute champion and advocate for community colleges on the national, state and local levels. He routinely serves on state and national panels and often speaks about how community colleges drive economic opportunity and engagement. He is actively involved with AACC’s Advocate Advisory Group which offers a strong voice to legislators on the impact of critical programs and needs of the millions of students served annually across the country. Recently, he worked closely with State Legislators (West Virginia) towards the passage of Senate Bill 1—which provides free tuition at the state’s public community and technical colleges. He is very active on many local, state, and national boards and teams, including; the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Student Success, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Presidential Advisory Board, the Tri-State Energy and Advanced Manufacturing (TEAM) Consortium, the West Virginia Public Education Collaborative (WVPEC), the Marion County United Way Board of Directors, and the Region VI Workforce West Virginia Development Board. In spite of serving on many local, state and national boards, he still takes time to serve as a volunteer head coach for his son’s AAU Travel Basketball team. Last November 2018, he was inducted into the Philander Smith College’s Sports Hall of Fame for his standout performance as a student-athlete.
Dr. Moore received his BS degree in mathematics from Philander Smith College, a MS in mathematics from Arkansas State University and his Ph.D. from the Florida Institute of Technology. He resides in Morgantown, West Virginia with his wife, Sequoyah, and children Johnathan and Jayna.