Nathan Moore has been appointed as deputy chief of staff to UGA President Jere W. Morehead effective Oct. 1. Moore succeeds Alton Standifer, who has assumed a new role as vice provost for inclusive excellence and chief of staff to the provost.
“Dr. Moore’s experience in the President’s Office has prepared him well to assume this increased level of responsibility,” said Morehead. “I appreciate his deep commitment to the University of Georgia and to the Office of the President, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion. I look forward to working with Dr. Moore in his expanded role as deputy chief of staff.”
Moore joined the President’s Office as a graduate research assistant in 2018 and has built a steadily increasing portfolio of responsibility focusing primarily on executive communications, strategic planning and special initiatives. Upon earning his doctorate from the McBee Institute of Higher Education in 2020, Moore was elevated to postdoctoral fellow, and in August 2021, he became an assistant to the president.
Over the past five years, Moore has helped to establish the Innovation District; worked on UGA’s decennial reaffirmation of accreditation by SACSCOC; collaborated on the development and implementation of the 2025 Strategic Plan; and served as the president’s liaison to the Office of Research, while supporting his ongoing work as co-chair of the University Leadership Forum, a national initiative of the Council on Competitiveness aimed at accelerating university-based economic development.
In Moore’s expanded role as deputy chief of staff, he will serve as primary point of contact for inquiries and day-to-day management of the President’s Office. In addition to his existing duties, he will also interact with Development and Alumni Relations and serve as the president’s liaison to the University Council and President’s Faculty Advisory Committee. He will continue to report directly to Kathy Pharr, chief of staff and vice president for marketing and communications.
Prior to joining the UGA community as a doctoral student in 2015, Moore held a number of posts at Mississippi State University, including director of corporate and foundation relations and director of development for the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design. In addition to his Ph.D. from UGA, Moore holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Mississippi State University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Harvard University.