A welcoming reception, hosted by the Harlan Tourist and Convention Commission and the Harlan Chamber of Commerce was held recently at the Harlan Center for Dr. Lynn Moore, who became president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in July.
“I’m an Alabama native, but my family came through the Cumberland Gap in the early 1700s. I haven’t chased down the lineage yet on the folks that Rosspoint is named after, but I’m working on doing that since my maiden name is Ross,” said Moore.
As a single parent, Moore said she raised her two sons in a “small small town in Texas,” where the population was 2,300 “including dogs and cats.” She worked as a secretary with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and went to school online.
“I’ve had a broad range of experience dealing with all kinds of people in the communities that need the community college,” said Moore. “My husband and I are so happy to be here in Harlan County — we absolutely love it.”
Moore said Harlan County and the Appalachian area has seen better days and she is reminded of that every day as she drives through Benham to Lynch every day.
“I see nothing but opportunity for growth here. This is the warmest and most giving community I’ve had to opportunity to come in contact with. I’m a firm believer that the college is a very close partner with the community,” said Moore. “I’m dedicated to the college and everything it can do to support the community. I’ve been asked if I plan to move the home office to another county and I say absolutely not. As long as I’m the president of this college the home office will stay in Harlan County, and I pledge that to each and every one of you right now. I believe in this community…and I believe this college will help Harlan County move forward.”
Chamber and tourist commission member Roger Fannin, emcee of the event, said Moore served as vice president for student development at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. and took on addition roles as vice president of administrative services. Prior to that she was dean of students and instructor at Hill Community College District in Texas and supplemental education services director at Texas State Technical College. In addition to her experience in higher education, Moore has also held positions with the Texas Comptroller’s Office, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and is a former co-owner and manager of a private dental clinic.
She earned a doctorate of philosophy in education administration from the community college leadership program at the University of Texas, at Austin. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Baker College with a concentration in Human Resources Management and a Master’s of Science Degree/business management from the University of Phoenix.
She is a member of the American Association for Women in community colleges and has experience in community service in fundraising for a variety of organizations.
Moore and her husband, Eddie, are now residing in Lynch.
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