• Volume 18 Number 2
    Spring 2009


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Henry Moses, MS '62, PhD ’64
 Nashville, Tenn.  •  Profiled: Summer ’94

Biochemistry professor

Henry Moses is an example of how far we have come as a college and how far we still have to goHenry Moses

“Purdue University and the College of Agriculture is a much more welcoming place than it was in 1959,” says Moses, then one of the very few minority students on the ag campus.

“Even then, there were some wonderfully supportive faculty and staff there, including President Hovde.”

And while minority enrollment figures in the College of Agriculture have climbed since Moses was a student, they have not yet reached levels the college finds acceptable.

For example, during the 2007-08 school year, 55 of the 2,970 students enrolled in the College of Agriculture were African-American.

A trailblazer at Purdue, Moses has become a huge part of the success of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College and its students. Both a scholarship and a building on the campus bear his name.

Moses began teaching biochemistry at Fisk University in 1966. He became a distinguished professor of biochemistry and biology at Fisk and is professor emeritus of biochemistry and consultant in continuing medical education at Meharry.

He became a professor emeritus at Meharry, a school with an enrollment of 723 students, in 1999. He continues to teach part-time, and since 2006, he has served as the executive director of the school’s alumni association.

But with a name like Moses, could he be anything but a leader?