Abingdon Couple Makes $3.4 Million Transformative Gift to Emory & Henry

by Leah Prater

A $3.4 million gift, part of which is cash and part a bequest from Abingdon couple Judith S. and James D. Moore, Jr. was recently made to Emory & Henry College to support faculty innovation across the institution’s curriculum.

When it is fully realized, this transformative gift will establish the Judith S. and James D. Moore, Jr. Center for Faculty Innovation to support visionary faculty members who seek to advance the institution through creative and innovative educational approaches. The fund will support new and revitalized courses that incorporate emerging trends and technologies that enhance teaching and learning opportunities.

The fund is named in honor of Abingdon residents Judith S. “Judy” Moore, a 1997 E&H graduate, and Dr. James D. “Jim” Moore, Jr., a retired physician. The couple has devoted much of their philanthropy in support of education, community service and the arts.

E&H President Dr. John Wells praised the Moores for their commitment to innovation in higher education. “Judy and Jim recognize the superlative teaching of our faculty. This gift is a timely endorsement of a place that is moving quickly and boldly to apply the liberal arts in ways that meet the challenges of the times.”

Dr. Lou Fincher, Senior Vice President, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Interim President following the tenure of Dr. Wells added, “This is a crucial time in higher education, and innovation in education delivery is essential to the success of today’s students. We are grateful that the Moores have come forward with this wonderful gift that will significantly further our efforts.”

Emory & Henry recently announced its change in status from a college to a university on August 1, 2024. Along with this change, officials have committed to fulfilling the institution’s mission of education and service through a greater emphasis on innovation that expands opportunities for students, who increasingly come from diverse regions and backgrounds.

The Moores have been generous supporters of Emory & Henry. Among their gifts has been the creation of a $200,000 endowment to support the Appalachian Center for Civic Life, the Appalachian Literary Festival and Appalachian studies.

E&H President Dr. John Wells praised the Moores for their commitment to innovation in higher education. “Judy and Jim recognize the superlative teaching of our faculty. This gift is a timely endorsement of a place that is moving quickly and boldly to apply the liberal arts in ways that meet the challenges of the times.”

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg" alt="Hope Award recipients" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/531,0,2662,2134/15632_Hope-Awards-2024.rev.1712930829.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi">Emory & Henry Recognizes Those Who are Committed to Service with Hope Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Hope Awards were recently presented by the Appalachian Center for Civic Life at Emory & Henry to six outstanding members of Emory & Henry College faculty, staff, a graduate and an undergraduate student, a community member and an organization or service project.</p><a href="/live/news/3408-emory-henry-recognizes-those-who-are-committed-to-servi" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry faculty walking into the chapel." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at">Emory & Henry Celebrates Community and Alumni at 187th Founding Day, Alumni Stephen and Jessica Callahan Founders of Tennessee Hills Distillery Served as Keynote</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The 187th annual Founding Day Convocation at Emory & Henry College was celebrated on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Each year, Founding Day is celebrated with a keynote speaker and awards ceremony honoring distinguished alumni and philanthropic members of the community.</p><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.jpg" alt="Jimmy Allen E&H Men's Basketball Coach" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="333" data-max-h="333" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball">Emory & Henry Names Next Men’s Head Basketball Coach</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Names Jimmy Allen Next Head Men’s Basketball Coach</p><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Biology Department awards winners at the Awards Day on Sunday, April 21 at Emory & Henry College." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-">Emory & Henry Lauds Students with Academic and Community Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Students Celebrate Academic Accomplishments at the 2024 Awards Day Convocation</p><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry College, 176th Commencement on May 4, 2024" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15853_EH_Commencement_MC_5-4-25_04635_1_1.rev.1714862843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating">Emory & Henry College Celebrates 200 Graduating 2024 Seniors</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The First to Come to Campus During a Pandemic and the Last to Have College on Diplomas First Class of Nine Nurses to Enter the Workforce</p><a href="/live/news/3547-emory-henry-college-celebrates-200-graduating" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry student Destinee Nikole on stage" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1363" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at">Emory & Henry Senior First Acting Fellow at Barter Theatre</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Senior at Emory & Henry First to Receive Barter Theatre’s Black Fellowship</p><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2814-emory-henry-trustees-vote-to-approve"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.jpg" alt="Members of College leadership and the community celebrated the announcement on Monday, March 27 at Van Dyke Center" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13616_EH-University-Status-3-27-23_054.rev.1679939574.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2814-emory-henry-trustees-vote-to-approve">Emory & Henry Trustees Vote to Approve Transition From College to University Status</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Members of the Board of Trustees at Emory & Henry College reviewed and approved the new 2023-2026 strategic plan “Elevate in Excellence,” at its March 25, 2023, meeting that included a status change to move from a college to a private regional comprehensive university to be fully implemented as Emory & Henry University by Fall 2024.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2814-emory-henry-trustees-vote-to-approve" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>