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home : education : education July 22, 2014

3/17/2014 9:07:00 AM
Dr. John Sutton to deliver eighth - annual Moran Address
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Dr. John C. Sutton, Francis Marion University professor emeritus of English, will deliver the eighth – annual William C. Moran Address on Thursday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in Cauthen Educational Media Center’s Lowrimore Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public.  A reception will be held in The Cottage following the program. 

Sutton’s address, titled, “Professor’s Progress:” The Precarious Path to Ignorance,” deals candidly and poignantly with the nature of knowledge in a world where information obsolesces almost as quickly as a person’s ability to retain it. The speech will be published in pamphlet form for attendees. 

Sutton retired in 2012 after 25 years at FMU, where he taught American Literature and Business Communication. He was an active member of the Association for Business Communication (A.B.C.), chairing committees for the national and southeast regional organizations. He also served as program director and co-host for an annual A.B.C. conference in Columbia. Meanwhile, he remained active in the Tennessee Air National Guard as Director of Operations and then Commander of the 110th Air Control Squadron. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1999. In 2012, he retired from full-time teaching, but still teaches online courses for FMU as an adjunct.

He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Florence but spend the summer months at their lake house in northern Indiana.

The Moran Address is delivered by a retiring or retired FMU professor.  Previous speakers were Dr. Lorraine de Montluzin, Dr. Roger Allen, Dr. Mary McNulty, Dr. Julia Krebs, Dr. Larry Nelson, Dr. Ken Autrey and Dr. Eileen Kirley-Tallon. 

The event honors the service to this state and university of Dr. William C. Moran, who was FMU’s vice president of Academic Affairs from 1978-1992, after which he served as President of Lander University.   

Moran began his career as a teacher of high school Latin and English in Baltimore, Md. After earning a doctorate in English at the University of Tennessee in 1965, he taught at Southeast Missouri State University and then at Berry College, where he also chaired the department of English and was named Faculty Member of the Year and Charles A. Dana Distinguished Professor. In 1971, he acceded to academic dean at Berry, and from 1975-1978 was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University.    

During his extraordinary career, Moran chaired or served on numerous civic, educational and charitable committees affiliated with, for instance, the United Way, the Boy Scouts of America, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Peach Belt Athletic Conference, the South Carolina Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Kiwanis International. 

Upon his retirement from Lander in 2000, Moran was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, and accepted a post as special assistant to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. 

For more information about the Moran Address, contact Dr. Jon Tuttle, professor of English at (843) 661-1521 or

Galloway Mosley
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