Trustee Karen Moore wins volunteer award

February 22, 2017

Karen Moore with TCC officialsTallahassee, Fla. (February 22, 2017) – Karen Moore, CEO of Moore Communications Group and a leader in Tallahassee’s business community, has won the Bill Franklin Volunteer of the Year Award from District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The award recognizes Moore’s efforts on behalf of Tallahassee Community College as a trustee, supporter, fundraiser and advocate.

Moore has been a member of TCC’s governing body, the District Board of Trustees, since 2007. Before becoming a trustee, she was a leader of the TCC Foundation’s board of directors. The Foundation develops financial and other resources to support the College, and Moore has remained extremely active in that arena, even after taking on her duties as a trustee. She was the chair of TCC’s recent comprehensive campaign, which raised more than $13 million to support the College’s students and the educational programs that serve them.

“Trustee Moore is a steadfast advocate of student success at our college and contributes her time, talent and treasure to help our students succeed,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh.

According to Heather Mitchell, executive director of the TCC Foundation, Moore and her husband Richard were among the first to make a commitment to the “TCC. We Rise.” campaign. In February 2016, they made a gift to support the Richard W. and Karen B. Moore Veterans Success Center and the Moore Veterans Leadership Academy, which help veterans succeed in college and in the workforce.

“Karen has leveraged her passion for learning and helping others receive an education on behalf of TCC for almost two decades,” said Mitchell. “She is the kind of volunteer every organization dreams about. She gives of herself and she motivates others to follow her passion.”

Old photo of Pearl Batchelor and husbandMoore has also endowed a scholarship in memory of her grandmother, Pearl Lamb Batchelor, who had to drop out of high school to work in the tobacco fields to help support her family. Batchelor went back to school at age 72 to earn her GED diploma. Each year, the Dream Big Scholarship goes to a graduate of the GED program who goes on to enroll in a college-credit program at TCC.

Pearl Batchelor GED diploma dated 1970 “What you have in life is your family and your name and your education,” said Moore. “For me to be able—through working with the Foundation and working as a trustee—to focus on student access and student support is very meaningful. It allows people to have that education that creates job opportunities, that creates economic development, that creates the quality of life that we all deserve.”

Moore Communications Group has received more than 450 state and national awards and has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the Fastest Growing Businesses in America and by Florida Trend Magazine for seven straight years as a Top Place to Work in Florida and Top PR Firm to Work for in U.S. by PR Week. Moore is also the author of “Behind the Red Door: Unlock Your Advocacy, Influence and Success,” which was published in 2016 by Advantage Media Group.

For all her professional accomplishments, Moore clearly also has a deep personal investment in her volunteer work, especially her work on behalf of TCC students.

“What I really enjoy is when I have the chance to walk around campus and talk to students, or I see them as they cross the stage at graduation. And when I say congratulations, many of them will say, ‘I am first person in my family to graduate from college,’ and they’re beaming with pride. And to know that’s possible because of scholarships, because of low tuition, because of the quality of teaching—that’s pure joy to me.”

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at (850) 201-6067 or MITCHELH@tcc.fl.edu.