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- September 2005 / Vidalia accountant
becomes BPC’s chief financial officer
Vidalia accountant becomes BPC’s
chief financial officer
Tom Moore is no stranger to Brewton-Parker College.
While operating his own accounting firm
in Vidalia, Moore was an adjunct professor in Brewton-Parker’s Business
Division on several occasions, and the past two years he has served the college
as a financial consultant.
When the opportunity arose for Moore to
sell his firm of 21 years in August, he was given the opportunity to take
up Dr. David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker’s
president, on a previous offer to become the college’s chief financial
officer, a capacity Moore began in early September.
“Tom Moore brings an exciting dimension of scholarly training, lifelong
integrity and local business familiarity that will make a significant difference
at Brewton-Parker College,” Smith said. “We are very happy to have
him serving with us in our endeavor to provide quality Christian higher education
in south Georgia.”
“My main goal is to continue the financial stability of the college
and to improve the financial condition of the college, keeping it in the black
and paying back debt,” Moore said.
“Dr. Smith and I had talked earlier in the year about me coming over
here,” Moore said. “I wanted to do this but couldn’t at the
time, but the selling of my firm allowed me the time to do this. I have always
been interested in education and I like Christian education. I have always
enjoyed teaching and being around the people here.”
A native of Milledgeville, Moore attended the Georgia Institute of Technology,
from where he earned a bachelor of industrial engineering degree. He worked
as a consulting engineer for four years for a firm based out of Washington,
D.C., although he worked in Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and New York.
Moore then joined the U.S. Army and earned the rank of second lieutenant,
and after two years switched career goals and decided to get a business degree.
After being accepted at two state university programs, Moore decided to apply
to the prestigious Harvard University Business School and was accepted.
After Moore earned his master of business
administration degree from Harvard, he returned to the consulting firm where
he previously worked. He stayed there
for 1½ years before becoming the chief financial officer for W.B. Johnson
Properties in Atlanta, which at the time owned the Ritz Carlton hotel chain.
Moore was with W.B. Johnson for two years before he became CFO and head of
the processing division for the American Agronomics citrus company in Tampa,
Fla., where he remained for four years.
Moore then became an independent citrus businessman for five years, in which
he leased 3,000 acres of orange groves. During that time, he worked to become
a certified public accountant, and following a freeze of his orange crop Moore
moved to Vidalia in 1981.
He joined a local firm initially and in 1984 opened S. Thomas Moore and Associates,
which he owned until he sold in August.
Moore and his wife, Jeannette, will celebrate their 43rd anniversary in October.
They have three grown children with one grandchild and a second due in November.
Moore has taught Sunday school for 30 years and is a teacher as well as a
deacon and the treasurer at First Baptist Church in Vidalia. He also is on
the Board of Trustees for the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia and on the
Board of Directors of Altamaha Bank and Trust.