Williams fires accused professor

Tuesday, Nov. 17
WILLIAMSTOWN -- A Williams College visiting professor, who pleaded guilty to charges of fraud in federal court last week, has been terminated from the college.

In a letter to the Williams College community, Interim President William Wagner said Bernard Moore's employment with the college ended as of Monday.

He further stated, "We have found no evidence of serious misuse on his part of college resources."

Moore, 51, whose real name is Ernest B. Moore, was the college's W. Ford Schumann ‘50 visiting assistant professor in Democratic Studies, and was in his second year at Williams College.

James G. Kolesar, assistant to the president for Public Affairs, declined to comment Monday on the terms of the termination of Moore's employment at Williams, and if he had received a severance or benefits package.

Moore, who also went by the name of Bernard Glenn-Moore, was a senior policy fellow and congressional aide for U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., and helped write the "Second Chance" legislation, which helps non-violent offenders transition back into society.

On Nov. 9, Moore pleaded guilty to one count of student aid fraud, one count of bank fraud and one count of Social Security fraud in federal court in Washington, D.C.

He faces up to 41 months in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 17, 2010.

The fraud was reported to be in excess of $800,000, and included defrauding the federal government, banks and credit card companies.

According to reports, Moore had been siphoning funds from federal student aid programs and credit cards from as far back as 1985.

Following his conviction, Moore was suspended from Williams College on Nov. 10.

Prior to his suspension, Moore was helping to organize the Congressional Black Caucus symposium at the college, which was expected to feature members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other distinguished African-Americans.

The symposium had been planned for Monday, but in the aftermath of Moore's conviction, it was postponed.

Kolesar said Monday members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation have said they're interested in holding an event similar to the symposium at the college.

"It will take a while to work out the timing," he said.

Wagner said while arrangements have been made to complete the course Moore was teaching this semester, his Winter Study course has been allowed to move forward under the instruction of adjuncts Moore was planning to teach the course with. Moore's spring semester course has been canceled, he said.


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