Philander Smith College names Johnny Moore new president | Arkansas Blog

Philander Smith College names Johnny Moore new president



Philander Smith College today announced its board of trustees had chosen Dr. Johnny Moore as president, to succeed Dr. Walter Kimbrough, who's moving to lead Dillard University in New Orleans.

A native of Old Washington, Ark. and a 1980 Philander gradute, Moore is currently executive vice president-student affairs at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. He is Philander Smith's 13th president.

More from the news release:

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Philander, Moore completed a master’s degree at Arkansas State University, and his doctorate in mathematics education at Florida Institute of Technology. Moore served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fla., where he was a tenured professor before joining the administration.

Moore will replace Dr. Walter Kimbrough who has served as president of Philander Smith for the past seven years.

Bob Birch, Board of Trustees chair said the board utilized a very comprehensive process, which included a national search firm to assist along with a search committee comprised of all stakeholder groups – alumni, faculty, administrators, donors and students.

“From that process, several extremely qualified candidates were presented and interviewed. However, the unanimous choice by the search committee and the board was Dr. Moore. Being an alumnus of the college was a factor, but we are also very impressed with his vast background and success in almost every aspect of higher education,” said Birch. “We feel confident Dr. Moore will make a very positive impact with Philander’s continued pursuits of excellence for the institution and our students.”

Dr. Moore will officially begin his duties as president July 1, 2012. He will meet with the Board of Trustees during its official spring meeting, Friday, May 4, 2012. At that time, Dr. Moore will officially be introduced to alumni during Alumni Reunion Weekend events to be held May 3-6.

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a privately funded, four-year liberal arts career-oriented institution supported by the General Board of Higher Education and a ministry of the United Methodist Church. This college has a rich legacy of providing an educational experience that embraces academic excellence, builds self-esteem and cultivates critical thinking skills and prepares students to be future leaders and advocates for social justice. Our current enrollment is 750 students.

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