Robert Moore | 2021 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

Robert MooreMoore has achieved outstanding success and national distinction in his profession and life’s work. Over a career spanning nearly 50 years, Moore has become a distinguished and nationally recognized leader in the practice of law enforcement, facilitator of community policing initiatives and historical research of African Americans in law enforcement.

With the Illinois State Police, Moore played a pivotal role in diversifying the state police force make-up to include significantly more minorities and females. He was later appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton as U.S. Marshal for the central district of Illinois. Moore also served as deputy chief of police for Savannah, GA, and chief of police for Jackson, MS.

A passion for documenting and presenting the history of African Americans in law enforcement led him to author and publish The Presidents’ Men: Black United States Marshals in America. That led to the development of a traveling exhibit on the topic that tours colleges and universities throughout the U.S., inspiring college students to careers in law enforcement and to see themselves as leaders. “I don’t allow myself to get frustrated,” Moore said. “I can’t afford to get bogged down in what has not happened. I focus on what I have been able to do to bring things forward.”

Moore has several community service credits to his name. He is a past recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by Rotary International and the Directors Community Leadership Award presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a past recipient of the University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award.