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Dr. Johnny Moore, ASU-Newport Chancellor

Dr. Johnny Moore is the third Chancellor for Arkansas State University-Newport. Moore returns home to Arkansas after spending the last four years as president of Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia. and began his duties effective February 8, 2021. A native of Old Washington, Arkansas, he was president and CEO of Philander Smith College in Little Rock from 2012-2014.

Moore received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics at Philander Smith College, a Master of Science in mathematics at Arkansas State University and a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics education at Florida Institute of Technology.

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, Fla. From 2010-2012, he was executive vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College in Texas.

In April 2012, he became president and CEO of his alma mater, Philander Smith College, a private four-year liberal arts institution. Since April 2016, Moore has led Pierpont Community & Technical College, which annually serves more than 5,000 students at campuses and center in five locations with nearly 200 employees and a budget of $26 million.

Dr. Moore is moving home to Arkansas, and is accompanied by his wife Sequoyah and his children Johnathan and Jayna.