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Wagner on Moore

News Regarding a Visiting Faculty Member

To the Williams Community,

On Tuesday evening the College learned through a media report that someone named Ernest B. Moore had pleaded guilty in district court in the District of Columbia to charges of fraud. http://tiny.cc/gMRFc

Visiting Assistant Professor Bernard Moore confirmed to us that he was this person. We informed him that he was suspended from the College until we can understand the situation more fully.

The Political Science Department has an arrangement in place to provide instruction for the course he has been teaching this semester.

At this point, the Congressional Black Caucus Symposium, which he has helped to organize, will go ahead this Monday as planned. http://tiny.cc/Qhxas

In a tightly knit community such as ours, people are understandably eager to learn what they can about this developing situation. I will write to you again as more details emerge.

With regards,
Bill Wagner
Interim President

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#1 Comment By frank uible On November 11, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

Prexy (of the Interim kind): And you were beginning to believe that you were going to close out your current gig mudless. Face it – this jackpot happened in part on your watch.

#2 Comment By hwc On November 11, 2009 @ 4:54 pm

Why do I think that Representatives Clyburn and Davis are going to have unexpected commitments pop up at the last minute preventing them from attending “Professor Moore’s” little shindig?

#3 Comment By Will Slack ’11 On November 11, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

Just so we’re clear – Clyburn came last year. He never planned to come this year.

#4 Comment By Aidan On November 11, 2009 @ 6:46 pm

This has to be one of the more embarassing failures to vette a resume in recent history.

#5 Comment By David On November 11, 2009 @ 6:51 pm

Is Moore “suspended” with pay? If so, isn’t this more like a vacation? He gets all the benefits of Williams employment, like use of the library, without any of the bothers like teaching.

#6 Comment By rory On November 11, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

@Aidan: I’m gonna go with O’Leary as coach of Notre Dame as far worse. Then again, they did catch it faster…but only because the press cares more about the head coach of ND than a visiting assistant prof at williams.

#7 Comment By Ronit On November 11, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

@Aidan: Would it be unseemly to ask who hired Moore?

#8 Comment By wslack On November 11, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

@Aidan: The professional degrees are real, and I don’t think Williams bears blame for only checking as far back as 2003. It’s not like he didn’t have “real” gov’t documents.

@David: I highly doubt it. Do you think the college is in any mood to be charitable?

#9 Comment By frank uible On November 11, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

It is a great day to be a misanthrope.

#10 Comment By ephling On November 11, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

It, only claims one from Claremont as far as I can see, is not real for the same reason that he pled guilty to fraud. It, like the loans and credit cards, was given to someone who does not exist.

#11 Comment By Ben Fleming On November 11, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

Can we search his office for that stolen laptop with all the personal information on it? Let’s do that.

#12 Comment By 2010 parent On November 11, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

Its unfortunate that a person would work so hard to get to such a high degree of success only to go to jail. It further denigrates our leaders and our status in society by actions such as these. The number of scandals in the news lately from politicians to everyday people and the greed they exhibit is sickening.

I hope that this doesn’t affect the students who had his class with a bad grade, especially graduating senior, now that someone has to come in and fill in the blanks for the remaining semester.

#13 Comment By aparent On November 12, 2009 @ 12:35 am

“I hope that this doesn’t affect the students who had his class with a bad grade, especially graduating senior”

God forbid, mom/dad, that your senior have to forfeit a guaranteed A for a grade that’s less certain / assured.

I think that, given the extraordinary circumstances, the Williams administration should exclude the A’s given in Moore’s classes from any and all consideration in students’ overall GPAs (and, correspondingly, the granting of Latin honors as well).