(NSU Newsroom—Dec. 11, 2015)— The Norfolk State University Board of Visitors today began the process of appointing Eddie N. Moore Jr. as permanent president of the 80-year-old public institution. The Board approved a resolution authorizing Board of Visitors Rector Thomas N. Chewning to negotiate and execute a contract with Moore, replacing the interim title he has held since joining the university in September 2013. “Eddie Moore is the right leader at the right time for Norfolk State,” asserts Chewning. “His strong leadership skills have been invaluable during a challenging period for the university, and continuity of leadership will allow us to stay focused on key initiatives vital to the future growth of the university.” According to Chewning, among Moore’s accomplishments was the recent decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to remove NSU from probation. Moore’s oversight of a cross-departmental effort to prepare a monitoring report for SACSCOC successfully addressed administrative and procedural matters at the school, which existed prior to his arrival on campus. “President Moore set the tone for improvement and change at NSU as Interim President and CEO,” Chewning continues. “He guided us through our accreditation challenges and helped us emerge a stronger institution.” Before accepting the appointment as interim president and CEO, Moore had recently served as president of St. Paul’s College from November 2011 through June 2012. Previously, Moore served as the president of Virginia State University (VSU) from 1993-2010. Before his tenure at VSU, Moore was treasurer of the Commonwealth of Virginia, where he served on 18 state boards and had oversight authority for more than $20 billion of Virginia’s assets. He also served as comptroller at the College of William and Mary. Before entering the public sector, Moore had a corporate career with Gulf Oil Corporation, where he worked in accounting.