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University of the Cumberlands Names Moses an Honorary Alumnus


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, right, presents a plaque to Cecil Moses, naming him an Honorary Alumnus of University of the Cumberlands.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. —Fifty years after Cecil Moses should have graduated from Cumberland College, University of the Cumberlands has named him an honorary alumnus. The presentation came at the Creech-Boswell Club Dinner on October 9, during Homecoming activities on campus. The Creech Boswell Club is comprised of Cumberland alumni who have celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

Following the presentation, Moses shared some of his story of growing up on Little Wolf Creek in Whitley County and his life as an FBI agent as well as his pleasure at finally becoming a “graduate” of Cumberland. According to Dr. Jim Taylor, Cumberlands’ president, “It is truly fitting to bestow this honor on Cecil Moses, whose youthful dream was to attend Cumberland and who has demonstrated a continuing interest in the University and all its endeavors.” Upon his graduation as valedictorian from Pleasant View High School in 1956, Moses was all set, with the approval of President J.M. Boswell, to attend Cumberland, which was then a two-year college. However, before he could begin classes, his father lost his coalmining job as traditional mining gave way to strip mining. The family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in search of work. Instead of enrolling at Cumberland, Cecil became a clerk with the FBI in Cleveland, where he later was promoted to codes clerk, handling sensitive material.

While working full-time for the bureau, Moses earned a bachelor’s degree in personnel management and labor law from Cleveland State University. He has also pursued graduate studies at the University of Virginia and the University of Alabama.

After an illustrious career as an FBI agent, which culminated in his appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the bureau’s prestigious Senior Executive Service, Moses retired in 1989. He then served as the police chief of Madison County, Ala. until a second retirement in 1999.

Moses and his wife, Penny, currently reside in Mulberry, Tenn. He continues to serve as a consultant and lecturer on criminal justice and homeland security matters through C & M Consultants, LLC, d.b.a. The Moses Group, of which he is a partner.