Gubernatorial Candidate to Speak at Concord, Wednesday, April 28

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 30 2004

Gubernatorial Candidate to Speak at Concord, Wednesday, April 28

Athens, W.Va. - The Ninth Annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture will be Wednesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

The event is free and the general public is encouraged to attend. This year's speaker and alumni honoree will be gubernatorial hopeful Dan Moore '62. His wife, Betty Jo '61, is being honored, too. The couple resides in Charleston, W.Va. Dan is the first Concord College alumnus to vie for governor in West Virginia.

Dan Moore is an experienced and effective West Virginia business and community leader.

For nearly 20 years, Dan, 63, served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Matewan Bancshares, a multi-state West Virginia bank. Not content to grow just one successful business, Dan parlayed his skills into further job creation. He was a partner in a successful building supplies company, and he and his wife, Betty Jo, are owners of the Moore Auto Group, which consists of five auto dealerships across West Virginia and Kentucky.

For his various efforts in building successful organizations that provide countless opportunities for the people of West Virginia, Dan was chosen West Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year in 1991 and was inducted into the Marshall University Business Hall of Fame in 1997. He also served as chairman of the West Virginia Bankers Association and has served on the board of directors of the West Virginia Business Roundtable.

Dan’s strong belief in the need for high-quality education for the young people of the Mountain State led him to serve the state’s educational institutions as a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors and as a member of the West Virginia University Foundation Board of Directors.

The son of Ray Moore, a coal miner, and Virginia Moore, a homemaker, Dan attended Matewan public schools and graduated from Matewan High School. Dan graduated from Concord College where he served as president of the student body. Following his graduation, Dan taught high school math and business courses. A year later, he joined Matewan National Bank where he served as a loan officer and steadily rose to the bank’s helm in 1981.

Dan has been married to Betty Jo (Mullens) Moore for 40 years. They are the parents of Daniel, the manager of the Moore Auto Group, and Angel, a law student at West Virginia University. They are the grandparents of a granddaughter, Morgan.

Betty Jo Mullens Moore is the president of the Moore Auto Group in Williamson, W.Va. She graduated from Concord College where she was a cheerleader and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She has served on the Marshall University Lewis College of Business advisory board and the Fund for Concord College Dinner in Charleston planning committee.

Dan and Betty Jo are members of Morris Memorial United Methodist Church in Kanawha City and recently completed a 34-week Bible study class.

The Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series was launched in 1995 to highlight the accomplishments of Concord alumni, and to inspire current Concord students with the possibilities of a Concord College degree. Distinguished Alumni speakers trace the pathways of their careers and life experiences and explain the role that Concord College played in their success.

For more information contact Director of Alumni Affairs, Kati Whittaker, by calling 1-304-384-5348 or e-mailing


PHOTO: Betty Jo and Dan Moore recently attended a dinner at The Greenbrier to support scholarships at Concord College.

CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the College on campus.