Johnny M. Moore will be the next chancellor of Arkansas State University-Newport. He will begin his duties on February 8.
The Newport campus of Arkansas State University enrolls nearly 2,300 students, all undergraduates. According to the latest data supplied to the U.S. Department of Education, African Americans make up 15 percent of the student body.
Dr. Moore returns home to Arkansas after spending the last four years as president of Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia. A native of Old Washington, Arkansas, he was president and CEO of Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 2012 to 2014.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected to take on this very important role for the university and the communities it serves,” Dr. Moore said. “ASU-Newport is a very strong and vibrant institution and will play a key role in the revitalization and growth in Northeast Arkansas. I am excited about returning home and becoming a part of this transformative work. I also look forward to meeting with students, faculty, and staff and building relationships in the communities served by the university.”
Dr. Moore’s career in higher education began in 1990 as a mathematics instructor at East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City. He was later chair of the mathematics department, head women’s basketball coach, and vice president for student affairs during his 15 years at Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. From 2010-2012, he was executive vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College in Texas.
A graduate of Philander Smith College, where he majored in mathematics, Dr. Moore holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Arkansas State University and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the Florida Institute of Technology.