September 3, 2010
ULM alum named to chair board of flagship university
“I agreed to do it because, number one, I have strong belief that the future of our state depends on meeting the educational needs of our state, particularly higher education,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of strides, but this is no time to start going backward.”
Moore said that that in his position as board chair of Louisiana’s flagship university, he was committed to improving higher education everywhere, not the least of which was his alma mater. Moore, who was elected unanimously last year to the one-year term, succeeds Blake Chatelain of Alexandria. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Moore to the board.
The ULM graduate said he believes it's positive to have an LSU chairman who lives outside of Baton Rouge.
“I just hope we can convince the legislature to find money to adequately fund higher education because it is so important,” he said.
Moore, a hotel developer and former oilman, is a 1971 graduate of the ULM College of Business. He and his wife, Lynn, a 1975 ULM College of Business graduate, are active supporters of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and co-chaired the Bon Aire capital project at the university.
Dr. Don Skelton, ULM vice president for external affairs and executive director of the ULM Foundation, has worked closely with Moore through recent years. He believes Moore to be the right person, at the right time.
“James is certainly deserving of this timely honor,” Skelton said. “His business acumen will prove a valuable asset in serving higher education and the State of Louisiana during this challenging period.”