Just another guy from Suffolk

Published 10:15 pm Monday, October 3, 2016

We continue to be amazed by the level of talent this city produces, nurtures and maintains.

Generals, filmmakers, politicians, religious leaders, Olympics heroes, poets, authors and other luminaries from a broad spectrum of endeavors have all called Suffolk home in recent years or are doing so today.

So call us proud, if not actually surprised, to be note the advancement of yet another Suffolk resident to a high position in his chosen career.

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Eddie N. Moore Jr. has been installed as the president of Norfolk State University, receiving the official recognition of his new status at the university during a ceremony last month at which friend — and another famous and successful Suffolkian — Mike Duman spoke.

Moore’s installment could be considered somewhat anticlimactic, as he has actually held the position of interim president at the university for about three years. His installation simply removes the “interim” from his title.

Moore already has begun to make a difference at NSU. The school has emerged from an academic probation imposed in 2013 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Enrollment grew last year by about 6 percent. And college officials are again optimistic about fundraising prospects in the near future.

Moore, an Army veteran who previously served as president of St. Paul’s College and Virginia State University, hopes to slowly grow Norfolk State to about 6,000 students and to expand its influence to more of the nation, and he is excited about moves NSU has made to revamp its cybersecurity program.

Just another guy from Suffolk, we suppose. And we couldn’t be happier to say it.