Secretary and Special Counsel to the Board of Trustees

Cynthia Moore assumed the office of secretary and special counsel to the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees on Jan. 1, 2020. In this position, she is responsible for providing administrative and legal support to the Board as well as serving as its principal staff liaison.

Prior to her appointment at UT, Moore served deputy secretary and senior associate university counsel at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2001, Moore joined the Office of University Counsel at the University of Pittsburgh. Beginning in 2015, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the University of Pittsburgh Office of the Secretary in support of the university’s board of trustees. During this time, she served as liaison between the board and the university administration, and supported a leadership transition at the university, which included elections of a new chancellor and a board chairperson.

In addition to her board and governance work, she previously provided legal advice on a variety of university matters including complex business transactions, compliance, development, diversity and inclusion, faculty and student affairs, international activities, legislative and regulatory actions, research and innovation, privacy and information technology, risk and litigation.

Previously, she served as corporate counsel to SLI, Inc., a multinational corporation based in Boston, from 1999 to 2001, where she was responsible for corporate governance and legal affairs. As an attorney with Schifino and Fleisher in Tampa, Florida, from 1993 to 1999, she specialized in corporate and securities law representing governmental agencies, private and public companies, investment banking firms and financial advisors. She also served as a law clerk in public finance with Powell, Goldstein, Frazer and Murphy in Atlanta from 1989 to 1993, as executive assistant to president and compliance officer at Tucker Federal Savings and Loan Association in Atlanta from 1988 to 1989 and as a supervisory analyst and bank examiner with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta from 1986 to 1988.

Moore earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Alabama in 1986 and a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University in 1993. She has been admitted to the Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania Bars and has applied for admission to the Tennessee Bar.