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South Arkansas Community College announced that it has hired Dr. Derek Moore as its vice president of student services yesterday.

Moore worked in several academic advising capacities at UA-Pulaski Tech and UACC-Morrilton before leading Arkansas State University Mid-South’s student retention and engagement efforts as associate vice chancellor for student success, according to a press release provided by SouthArk.

ASU Mid-South Chancellor Dr. Debra West said that Moore “made a huge impact” in his short time at the West Memphis institution.

“He is intuitive, innovative, and extremely passionate about student success,” West said. “During his nearly three years here, he expanded ASU Mid-South’s co-curricular programs and services that support academic success and prepare students for life on campus and after graduation. We will certainly miss Derek.”

Moore has also held leadership roles for Arkansas Community Colleges, formerly the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges, and professional development organization Innovative Educators, according to the press release.

Dr. James Bullock initially took over the position after Dr. Mickey Best resigned for a job at New Mexico State University-Grants last May, according to previous News-Times reports.

“(Bullock) will move full-time to the position of vice president of academic affairs … Bullock has been splitting time between academic affairs and student services for the last several months,” the press release read.

While he’s still in West Memphis, Moore said that he’s excited to assume his El Dorado post next month.

“I am looking forward to being a part of the SouthArk family and continue the great work and partnerships with students, employers and the greater SACC community,” Moore said.

“We are happy for the recognition of his extraordinary talents and proud of him as he takes the next big step in an already impressive career,” the ASU Mid-South chancellor said. “Kudos to Dr. Jones for an outstanding hire. Mid-South’s loss is SouthArk’s gain.”

Brittany Williams may be reached at 870-862-6611 or Follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook @BWilliamsEDNT for updates on Union County school news.

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