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April 22, 2015 – by Cole Hatcher

President Rock Jones and OWU alumnus Gregory L. Moore ’76 celebrate Moore’s induction into the Ohio Foundation of Independent College’s Hall of Excellence. Moore is the 10th Bishop inducted into the hall since its creation.

President Rock Jones and OWU alumnus Gregory L. Moore ’76 celebrate Moore’s induction into the Ohio Foundation of Independent College’s Hall of Excellence. Moore, editor of the Denver Post, is the 10th Bishop inducted into the hall since its creation in 1987. (Photo courtesy of OFIC)

OWU Alumnus, Denver Post Editor Gregory L. Moore ’76 Inducted into OFIC Hall of Excellence

At Ohio Wesleyan, “my world vision expanded,” said Gregory L. Moore, Class of 1976, as he was inducted April 16 into the Ohio Foundation of Independent College’s Hall of Excellence.

“Ohio Wesleyan has remained a part of my life since the day I stepped onto that campus 40 years ago,” said Moore, who today expands the worlds of others as the editor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Denver Post newspaper. “I would tell any prospective student or parent, if you want to see a student bloom, come to Ohio Wesleyan.”

Moore is the 10th Ohio Wesleyan graduate to be inducted into the Hall of Excellence since it was created in 1987 to honor distinguished alumni from OFIC-member colleges. He was introduced at the celebration by OWU President Rock Jones.

“Greg Moore has fully used his foundation in the liberal arts to make an impact in the real world,” Jones told the crowd, which included several current OWU students as well as the admission counselors who worked with Moore as a prospective student. “And it doesn’t get any more ‘real’ than the world of the daily newspaper.

“This Renaissance man has brought a vast breadth of knowledge, practical insight, a commitment to truth, and a steadfast moral compass to his work as a journalist and as the editor of one of America’s leading daily newspapers,” Jones continued in his introduction. “Greg Moore is dynamic – he is energetic – he is passionate. He’s the guy who lights up the room. And he is a perfect selection for the Hall of Excellence.”

Inductees are selected based on a committee review of their professional achievement; impact on society through service, leadership, scholarship, minority affairs, sciences, research, arts, or elected office; and service to their alma mater, all of which exemplify the value of a liberal arts education.

While here for the induction ceremony, Moore also spent time on campus meeting with students and discussing his OWU and career experiences. At a luncheon sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Moore presented his “NayNoToe” (warrior spirit) awards to seniors Katie Butt and Khristina Gardner.

Moore also met with journalism students, including senior Noah Manskar, who said he valued the opportunity to discuss the field of journalism with Moore.

“OWU offers many opportunities to network with alumni, but few have been as valuable as my time with Greg Moore,” said Manskar, who has served as The Transcript’s editor-in-chief and online editor and as a reporting intern for The Tennessean while at Ohio Wesleyan. “As a journalism student, it was incredibly enlightening to talk with someone with such an illustrious career in my desired field.

“My conversations with Mr. Moore were friendly, funny and encouraging,” Manskar said. “Talking with him reminded me why I want to be a journalist and that it is still possible to do so as a soon-to-be graduate. I am glad to have made contact with such a key figure who has shared the Ohio Wesleyan experience.”

Read more about Moore and OWU’s nine other inductees in the OFIC Hall of Excellence. Hear an Ohio Wesleyan Internet Radio interview with Moore, conducted by Paul Kostyu, chair of the Department of Journalism.