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Former ISU President Dr. John W. Moore passes away

March 5, 2022

Dr. John W. Moore, Indiana State University’s ninth President, who served from 1992-2000, died Saturday at age 82.

“President Moore was a leader whose vision, dedication to students, and belief in opportunity helped define Indiana State University as the unique and impactful place it is,” ISU President Dr. Deborah J. Curtis said. “His many accomplishments will continue to be felt at ISU for generations to come. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family.”

During Moore’s presidency, ISU built the Richard G. Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, the John T. Myers Technology Center, and Oakley Place at the southwest entrance to campus.

Moore appointed the university's first female vice president, first female athletic director, and first Black head men's basketball coach. 

Among the major initiatives launched under Moore’s leadership were the President's Scholars Program, Student Academic Services Center, Lilly First-Year Experience Program, reading and math centers, a student ombudsperson program, and the Course Transformation Academy.  

Moore created divisions of Enrollment Services, Lifelong Learning, and Information and Computing Services. He started ISU’s first comprehensive marketing program and created a magazine to promote the university.

He was also responsible for introducing a new mascot, Sycamore Sam.

The John W. Moore Welcome Center on campus was named in his honor in 2012.

Moore's family requested any memorial donations be made to ISU's John W. Moore and Nancy A. Moore Endowed Scholarship at Donations can also be mailed to the Division of University Advancement, 30 North Fifth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. The phone number is (812) 237-6100.

The family plans a Celebration of Life event in the future.