In a unanimous vote by the American Indian College (AIC) Board of Regents, David Moore, who currently serves as the vice president for student relations for the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education (AAGHE), was named the president of AIC. Moore’s tenure begins June 1, 2013. Current president Dr. David DeGarmo resigned but will continue to serve at the college until after graduation in May.
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.
Moore acknowledged his respect for Native American history and culture because “to be like Jesus means to acknowledge the dignity and worth of every individual created by God,” he said.
AIC vice president of academic affairs Dr. Joseph Saggio looked forward to the experience Moore brings from his previous tenure, and he indicated that they are working together to find effective strategies for student growth. Saggio highlighted trust and a good reputation as key qualities in working with Native Americans, both of which Moore has built over time.
“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,” Saggio said. “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 member of the AAGHE for several years, Moore 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 16 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.
Moore is already building partnerships with sister schools that he believes will enhance the educational experience of all who are involved. Kermit Bridges, president of Southwestern Assemblies of God University, reflected on the value of Moore’s relationship with faculty and administrators from all Assemblies of God colleges.
“Dave has a keen understanding of higher education and has contributed significantly to the progress of the Alliance. Under his leadership I expect great days ahead for AIC and look forward to continued interaction as Alliance colleagues.”
Although Moore currently works for both the Alliance and AIC, he will resign from his position at the Alliance at the end of May to serve as president of AIC full time. Saggio expressed great hopes for the future of AIC under Moore’s leadership.
“I look to assist Dr. Moore with helping to raise this school's visibility so that it will become a nationally known institution that serves Native students with excellence,” Saggio said.