NSU President Moore announces his retirement



Norfolk State University President
Eddie Moore, Jr. recently announced
his retirement. While addressing his
decision in a video, Moore stated,
“The energy that is required to do a
presidency, I just don’t have.” A link to
the video is available on the Hampton
Roads Messenger’s website, www.
Longtime Norfolk State supporter,
Sharon Johnson-Clayton, owner of
Eddie’s Chesapeake Bay Crabhouse
said, “My family and I are alumni and
our small businesses are grateful for
President Moore and his contributions
to NSU.
Since many of our readers are
Norfolk State supporters, the Hampton
Roads Messenger has obtained a
copy of a letter signed by the Rector
of Norfolk State University’s Board
of Visitors, Dr. Byron L. Cherry, Sr.,
concerning Moore’s retirement. The
letter is addressed to “Members of
the Norfolk State Community” and
dated September 25, 2017. The letter
contained the following contents:

On September 15, President
Eddie N. Moore, Jr. announced in
writing to the Board of Visitors his
retirement. The Board formally
accepted his retirement decision at a
special call meeting on 25 September
and is now working with him on a
mutually agreeable transition date.
The Board thanks Mr. Moore for
his timeless dedication and service
as President & CEO of Norfolk State
President Moore was hired
in Fall 2013 when Norfolk State
University was going through very
challenging times. Most notably,
the University was placed on public
sanction by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools Commission
on Colleges (SACSCOC) for both
serious institutional governance
issues and a backlog of unperformed
annual audits.
Drawing on his years of sterling
and outstanding service to the
Commonwealth of Virginia, both
as State Treasurer and President
of Virginia State University,
President Moore provided the
necessary leadership to fully correct
those deficiencies and restore the
University’s good standing with
SACSCOC within a two-year
period. Also under his leadership,
the University has seen promising
improvement in its enrollment and
retention and graduation rates. It
has seen a welcome expansion to
the University’s physical imprint
with three new state-of-art academic facilities. In addition, just this year,
the University has unveiled a forwardlooking
revised logo, website, and
marketing program. For these accomplishments
and more, the Board
of Visitors shall be forever grateful to
President Eddie N. Moore, Jr.
The Board will soon name an
interim president and delineate the
plan for conducting a national search
for a new president.
By any measure, now is a time
of tremendous, exciting momentum
for Norfolk State University. The
next president of this outstanding
institution will find both great
responsibility and unparalleled
opportunity. The Board of Visitors
is confident that we will identify the
right leader to support all of you
in your endeavors, as together we
position the University to build on
its eminent history and fulfill its
world-changing potential.