NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors appointed a new leader of the school Friday.
Board of Visitors Rector Thomas N. Chewning announced the selection of Eddie N. Moore, Jr. as NSU's interim president and CEO after Moore accepted the appointment Friday afternoon. Moore will begin in the position September 23 said his goal is to regain the public's trust and faith in the 78-year-old university.
“I will specifically work on regaining the confidence of the state and federal governments as it relates to our financial records and will work to mitigate NSU’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) issues,” Moore said Friday afternoon after accepting the appointment.
Moore most recently served as president of St. Paul's College. Before that he was president of Virginia State University from 1993 to 2010, during which the school's enrollment grew and the 236-acre campus saw more than $100 million in capital improvements.
Moore's appointment comes after former NSU President Tony Atwater was suddenly fired by the Board of Visitors on August 23. He left his two year tenure at the university amidst concerns of NSU's nursing program and financial strength.
Within hours of the announcement of Moore's new position, he recommended getting a state review of the university to look for areas to improve.
"The first thing is to get in touch with cabinet officials in Richmond and get an assessment from them to know exactly where we are and if anything needs to be adjusted," Moore said.
Moore said he believes he can turn NSU around like he did for VSU and St. Paul's University.
"If nothing else, I want to get the financial situation and the computer systems situation down to where it is no news when the auditors come to do our audits," he said.
For more background information on Eddie Moore, view his resume by clicking here.
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