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July 27, 2020

Dr. Carol Moore Named Interim President


The Guilford College Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Carol A. Moore to serve as Guilford’s interim president. She will begin her service and assume full presidential authority on Aug. 1.

Selected following a national search, Dr. Moore comes to Guilford with more than 40 years of teaching and senior administrative experience at six institutions of higher education. Her leadership portfolio features three presidencies, including most recently at Columbia College in South Carolina. 

“The Guilford community, including trustees, faculty, and staff who participated in the interview process, united in concluding that Dr. Moore is best suited to lead Guilford at this moment,” says Ed Winslow, Chair of Guilford’s Board of Trustees. “She brings a wealth of experience leading institutions through periods of transition, which will serve us extremely well.” 

Moore is eager to begin her work at Guilford. “In these changing times,” she says, “I am honored to be invited to join the Guilford Community as we prepare for the future.” 

She says her focus will be on moving Guilford forward with prudent, timely action that will serve the overall best interests of the College. In doing so, she intends to be fully inclusive. “I believe all members of the College community need to be heard on important topics and are entitled to the data and analysis inherent in decision-making on issues of campus-wide impact.” 

Moore holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Montclair State University, and a Ph.D. in marine biology from Northeastern University. She has been prominently involved with the American Council on Education (ACE) as a former Senior Fellow and as previous chair for the Commission on Women in Higher Education. In February, ACE presented Dr. Moore with its Donna Shavlik Award, which honors those who “demonstrate a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education through leadership and career development, campus climate, and mentoring.”

Guilford’s Board of Trustees will meet later this week to begin the process of identifying the College’s next permanent president to follow Carol Moore. That process will consume a number of months, and it will engage a broad and diverse representation of the entire College community. 

Dr. Jane K. Fernandes, who announced her plans to resign on June 26, will officially complete her presidential service at Guilford on July 31. She will be on sabbatical for the 2020-21 academic year and will be available to consult with Dr. Moore. Next summer, Jane is scheduled to join the faculty in the English Department. 

“Guilford College is indebted to Jane for her six years of service,” Ed says. “In particular, her leadership in revitalizing campus facilities and creating the Guilford Edge provides the potential to achieve a promising future. Moving forward, we have great confidence that Dr. Moore will do an outstanding job while building a strong bridge to that future.”