Dr. Johnny M. Moore is a native of Old Washington, Arkansas. At Washington-Lincoln High School, where he graduated as class valedictorian in 1985, he was a popular basketball standout who received All-State honors and is the all-time leading scorer in the school's history. As a result of his success as a student-athlete, Moore was recruited by several major universities. Offered both full academic and athletic scholarships, he elected to remain in Arkansas to attend private, historically black Philander Smith College in Little Rock.
In college, Moore continued his academic and athletic dominance. A constant on the Dean's List, he was also an outstanding member of the Panther basketball team where his shooting abilities were often reflected in single game scoring highs ranging from 40-50 points. After earning a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1989, Moore enjoyed a brief stint playing with former Harlem Globetrotter Hubert "Geese" Ausbie and his "Geese Ausbie All-Stars."
When the prospect of playing basketball professionally began to dim, Moore became a teaching associate and pursued a master's degree in mathematics at Arkansas State University. In 1990, he accepted a teaching position at East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City, Ark., where, in his final year of service, he was selected as Distinguished Professor of the Year.
In 1994, Moore left Arkansas to join the faculty of Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Fl., and for a time, coached the college's women's basketball team. Within a nine-year period at Indian River – which saw him earn a doctorate in mathematics from Florida Institute of Technology – he held a variety of faculty roles until he was promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs, a position he held for seven years. In 2010, Dr. Moore joined the administration of Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, as Executive Vice President. In 2012, he was proud to be named as the 13th president of his alma mater, Philander Smith College.
A devoted family man, Dr. Moore and his wife Sequoyah, an elementary school educator, are the parents of a son, 9-year-old Johnathan, and daughter, 2-year-old Jayna. The family resides in west Little Rock.