Eric Moore talks about his relationship with Chancellor John T. Caldwell. Interview on May 17, 2012. (2:46)


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And I am pleased to say I thought I had a very good relationship with Chancellor Caldwell. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:03.843
It's not very often that a student can have that close a relationship 00:00:03.843 - 00:00:07.883
but because of the student government connection and obviously his 00:00:07.883 - 00:00:13.965
involvement with student leaders we would do a lot of social things. 00:00:13.965 - 00:00:17.901
By that time I was married my senior year 00:00:17.901 - 00:00:20.599
and so often my wife was with me, 00:00:20.599 - 00:00:23.152
and then she was carrying my oldest daughter 00:00:23.152 - 00:00:25.846
and so Mrs. Caldwell was kind of looking out for the pregnant student, 00:00:25.846 - 00:00:30.277
making sure and giving motherly advice. 00:00:30.277 - 00:00:32.155
Dr. Caldwell, I'll never forget, when we were going somewhere and he opens up his shirt 00:00:32.155 - 00:00:36.028
-I mean his coat-and I'm seeing J.C. Penney, 00:00:36.028 - 00:00:38.957
and I'm thinking, the chancellor of NC State University is wearing J.C. Penney suits? [Laughs] 00:00:38.957 - 00:00:43.843
They look great, but [Laughs] it gave me a whole new perspective about [Laughs] 00:00:43.843 - 00:00:48.328
what may be under the label. 00:00:48.328 - 00:00:50.929
But yeah, he was a true statesman 00:00:50.929 - 00:00:54.292
and in so many ways provided a role model for me in terms of just how you carry yourself. 00:00:54.292 - 00:01:00.653
Even when I was ready to go to grad school 00:01:00.653 - 00:01:03.101
I said well it's not every day I can get the chancellor of the university to make a reference call, 00:01:03.101 - 00:01:06.658
and he said, you know, he literally had an open door policy. 00:01:06.658 - 00:01:09.929
I got up and I knew the receptionist and the secretary and I said, "I'd like to get in and see Dr. Caldwell for a minute," 00:01:09.929 - 00:01:14.646
and so in just a minute they checked and said they had Eric Moore and he said, "Bring him in." 00:01:14.646 - 00:01:17.351
So I came in and said, "Dr. Caldwell, I'm thinking about going to graduate school," 00:01:17.351 - 00:01:20.037
and he said, "Do you know where you're going?" and I said, "Well, probably Ohio University," 00:01:20.037 - 00:01:23.199
which Carl Eich had recommended to me because he was an OU grad. 00:01:23.199 - 00:01:27.641
They had a very respected communication program-Matt Lauer is one of the alumni of the Ohio University program, 00:01:27.641 - 00:01:34.065
so I had to throw that one out-so I said 00:01:34.065 - 00:01:36.670
it's a pretty good program. So I applied and of course you needed recommendations and he said, "Well I'm not going to write you a letter. I'll make a phone call. Who do I call?" 00:01:36.670 - 00:01:44.875
"And I'm only making one phone call." 00:01:44.875 - 00:01:48.051
I said, okay. Dr. Roderick Rightmyer, who was the graduate coordinator at Ohio University, 00:01:48.051 - 00:01:54.135
I said here's his phone number and he says, "All right, get out of my office." 00:01:54.135 - 00:01:56.989
[I said,] "Yes, sir. I'm leaving." So he calls, 00:01:56.989 - 00:02:00.145
and then I went up for a visit and they told me: "It's not every day we hear from the president of the university, [Laughs] 00:02:00.145 - 00:02:06.370
"calling on behalf of a student." 00:02:06.370 - 00:02:08.838
That kind of helped my chances. I didn't have the greatest grades in the world 00:02:08.838 - 00:02:13.071
but at least I had promise. 00:02:13.071 - 00:02:15.255
So that was again something else that he would do 00:02:15.255 - 00:02:19.623
for people that he cared for, 00:02:19.623 - 00:02:23.295
and I've always appreciated that, 00:02:23.295 - 00:02:25.173
because there were strategic folk on campus 00:02:25.173 - 00:02:28.204
who would look beyond race and just basically dealt with you as a person, 00:02:28.204 - 00:02:32.649
and I've always enjoyed that about my relationship with State. 00:02:32.649 - 00:02:36.310
It's been good. 00:02:36.310 - 00:02:39.281

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