November Member Spotlight: Henry A. Moore

Henry A. Moore is an assistant professor at Virginia State University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC and a master’s degree in speech from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. Moore is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as an Air Force public affairs officer and completed the Public Affairs Officer Course, Squadron Officers School, Academic Instructors School, Air Command and Staff College and Air War College.

henry-mooreWhat do you enjoy most about being a public relations practitioner?

I enjoy getting my students excited about pursuing careers in public relations.

What three accomplishments, personal and/or professional are you most proud of?

1) My two (adult) children. My daughter is a graduate of the University of Virginia and successful comedienne, while my son is an Army veteran, budding artist and father of my only grandchild.
2) Being a Big Brother for the past 30 years to a young man whom today is a successful jazz trombonist living and performing in New York.
3) Continuing to mentor, inspire, motivate and be a role model for today’s youth – tomorrow’s leaders. (Professor Moore spearheaded the establishment of the PRSSA Chapter at Virginia State University this year.)


How does PRSA help to support your success? 

PRSA helps me by providing another avenue to use in exposing my students to the wide variety of career options that are available to them, with particular emphasis on the public relations profession.

What is one of your favorite take-aways from the chapter or best recent memory from your involvement?

I try to involve as many of my students as possible in the monthly Richmond PRSA luncheons. As I was leaving one of the recent monthly luncheons with a three of my students, one young lady remarked to me, “you know Professor Moore, the more often I come here, the more comfortable I feel talking to the people who are here.” My reply to her was, “that’s exactly why we do this.”

I am a PRSA Richmond member because…

As an Air Force public affairs officer, I learned first-hand how much an invaluable resource PRSA truly is when it comes to learning about and promoting the public relations profession. In addition to offering superior networking opportunities, I joined PRSA Richmond because of my strong belief in and support of PRSA. The Richmond chapter has provided a welcoming atmosphere for my students to begin to experience the PR profession, for which I am highly appreciative.

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