2022 Graduate Commencement Speaker

Steve Moore, PhD


Steve Moore is executive director of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and former SPU vice president for campus life. He has led the nonprofit foundation for 15 years. Under Moore’s leadership, the Murdock Trust has invested more than $720 million through more than 4,000 grants to nonprofits, grown their endowment to over $2 billion, expanded the foundation’s enrichment programs to provide development and educational opportunities for nonprofit leaders and organizations, served as a catalytic investor in the Vancouver, Washington, waterfront renaissance, and invested thoughtfully in helping organizations find common ground to solve complex challenges facing the diverse communities of the Pacific Northwest.

Prior to joining the Murdock Trust in 2006, Moore had a distinguished career in academia, including senior leadership roles with Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Seattle Pacific University, and Asbury Theological Seminary. 

Moore earned his doctorate at the University of Michigan and a master of divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary, along with stints at the University of St. Andrews, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. He attended McMurry University as an undergraduate.