In a unanimous vote by the AIC Board of Regents, Dr. David Moore has been named president elect of American Indian College. He succeeds current president Dr. David DeGarmo, who tendered his resignation in March. Moore’s tenure will begin June 1, 2013.
As the new AIC president, Moore is returning to the post he held previously (1987-1994), during which time the School became the only regionally accredited Christian college serving primarily Native Americans. Prior to his first presidential tenure, Moore served for 13 years at AIC as a faculty member and in various other institutional positions.
For the past five years Moore has served as vice president for institutional relations for the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education. Moore has also served the Assemblies of God Fellowship as Director of Intercultural Ministries, a position in which he had supervised some 400 missionaries to over 50 cultural groups across the United States. Moore has also served as an adjunct professor at Evangel University for the past fourteen years.
Dr. Moore received his undergraduate degree at Evangel University. He holds a doctorate from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and has completed coursework for a PhD in Higher Education Administration at the University of Arizona.
According to AIC Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Joe Saggio, “Moore has distinguished himself in the area of American Indian higher education issues, particularly in the areas of financial aid and access to higher education. During his previous time here, Dr. Moore gained a great reputation as a tireless advocate of ‘leveling the playing field’ and improved the accessibility of educational opportunities for Native American students.” As a testimony to Dr. Moore’s desire to recognize distinguished Native American church leaders, during his prior tenure at AIC he presided over the construction of two major building projects, the Charles Lee Academic Center and the Rodger Cree Student Union, naming them after renowned Native American leaders.
As a member of the Alliance for AG Higher Education for the past five years, Moore has observed many changes and interactions in Assemblies of God colleges, from the increase in online degree offerings to the growing camaraderie between faculty and staff who serve at the 18 Assemblies of God schools. He understands that higher education is continually evolving, and he will work with members of his staff and faculty to keep AIC a part of this process.
It is Dr. Moore’s vision to raise AIC’s visibility so that it will become a nationally known institution that serves Native students with excellence.