Johnny Moore Resigns From Philander Smith College

Johnny Moore has resigned as president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, the college said Thursday in a news release.

The college said Moore is leaving "to pursue other personal and professional opportunities." He had been president since July 2012 and was formally invested May 3.

"While he is no longer president of Philander, Dr. Johnny Moore remains a valued alumnus and much-honored former athlete, with strong ties to our college," Artee Williams, chairman of Philander's board, said in a news release.

The college said its board will begin a nationwide search for its 14th president, and Lloyd E. Hervey will be interim president.

Founded in 1877, Philander Smith College is a private four-year, historically African American undergraduate liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church.