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New USC-Upstate Chancellor Dr. Thomas F. Moore Announced as Speaker for Outstanding Leadership Luncheon

August 9, 2011

Presented by the Leadership Greer Alumni Association
The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas F. Moore, Chancellor of USC- Upstate, will be speaking at the upcoming Outstanding Leadership Luncheon. The luncheon will be Thursday, August 25 at Grace Hall  in downtown Greer from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The Outstanding Leadership Luncheon is designed to award and recognize a graduate of a Leadership Greer Program that has demonstrated effective leadership and furthered the growth of the community through active involvement in community/civic programs, organizations and/or activities. The “Professional Woman in Business Award” is also given out. Tickets to the luncheon are $22 for Chamber members, $28 for non-members. You can register to attend online at

Dr. Thomas F. Moore began serving as chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) on August 1, 2011. Moore’s extensive background in higher education, knowledge of the state and commitment to excellence as a professor and an administrator made him an ideal choice to lead one of the fastest growing universities in South Carolina.

Moore’s appointment follows a distinguished 30-year career in higher education in which he has worked closely with various constituencies, including students, faculty, administrators, alumni, business, community, and political leaders.

Prior to coming to USC Upstate, Moore served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, from 2003 until 2011. He joined Winthrop in 1986 as chair of the department of chemistry and physics, a position he held until 1994. In 1991, he became director of the Master of the Liberal Arts Program. Moore served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001 until 2003 and in the top position of faculty governance, representing faculty before Winthrop’s Board of Trustees, from 1996 until 2000.

Moore is active in higher education initiatives nationally and has served on committees of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of South Carolina. He has attended professional development programs at Harvard, Yale and Northwestern universities.

Moore began his academic career in 1978 in Statesboro, Georgia as assistant professor of chemistry at Georgia Southern College, where he taught until 1981. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Birmingham-Southern College, first as an assistant professor of chemistry and later as associate professor and director of the Honors Program. Birmingham-Southern College is located in Birmingham, Alabama.

A native of Alabama, Moore and his wife, Marsha, have two sons, Charlie and Kirk.

In addition to the Award, this event, organized by the Leadership Greer Alumni Association, will serve as a kickoff for the Leadership Greer Class XXXII and the official passing of the gavels to the new Chairmen of each of the Leadership Greer program Boards for 2011-2012. The mission of the Leadership Greer Alumni Association is to develop leaders for the Greater Greer Area by providing training, networking and community service opportunities for graduates of Leadership Greer and other recognizable leadership programs. 

For information, applications or further information about any of the Leadership Greer programs, please contact Mark Owens of the Greer Chamber of Commerce at (864) 877-3131 or visit the Chamber website at  

The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary, non-profit organization that represents approximately 500 businesses in the Greer area. The mission of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce is “To Champion Economic Prosperity for our members and the greater Greer community.”  For more information on the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, call 864-877-3131 or visit


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