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Alum Joins National Higher Ed Organization

A Washington and Lee alumnus, Edward G. “Ned” Moore, has moved from directing one of the state’s most successful, statewide, private higher-education consortiums to a national stage. A 1972 alumnus, Ned has been appointed an executive director of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE), the national office for state associations that focuses on consortial fund-raising and collaborative programs for independent colleges and universities.

Since 2002, Ned had been head of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges. VFIC comprises 15 private colleges and universities in the Commonwealth, including W&L, and is involved not only in fund-raising but also programs and workshops for faculty and staff development, minority student recruitment and retention, undergraduate research, and career connections for students. One of the most visible VFIC programs is the popular Ethics Bowl competition, which W&L teams have won four times in the last 10 years.

Now Ned will oversee the network of 32 state organizations like the VFIC. He’ll also be vice president of the Council of Independent Colleges, with which FIHE is merging. He previously worked in development at Randolph-Macon College and Austin College and as director of alumni and church relations at Rhodes College.

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