Freshman Connections


Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore

Background Information

Author Wes Moore was born in Maryland in 1978.  After the death of his father, Moore was raised in Baltimore by his widowed mother. Moore gravitated toward trouble as a child and after failing in private school, his mother enrolled him at Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

Moore found success at Valley Forge, graduating Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a commissioned officer. In 2001, Moore earned an additional degree from John Hopkins University in International Relations. Moore later completed a Masters of Letters in International Relations from Oxford University in 2004.

Wes Moore served as a Captain in the United States army and paratrooper with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne division from 2005 to 2006. He was also involved in the implementation of the Afghan Reconciliation Program, studying the increase and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere. After his military career, Moore served as Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 2006 to 2007. Following his time at the White House, Moore became an investment professional at Citigroup in New York working with global technology.

The Other Wes Moore tells the story of two kids, both named Wes Moore, struggling to fi nd their place in the world. Born blocks apart, both grew up in Baltimore with difficult childhoods. One became a scholar, veteran, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer. Author Wes Moore seeks to explain the causes of these drastic differences and determine the impact of choice and circumstance.

Awards and Honors:
Named to “40 Under 40 Rising Stars”, by Crain’s New York Business
Received the “Veterans Leadership Award” from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Named to Ebony Magazine’s Annual Power 100 List

Learn More About Wes Moore:

Wes Moore will be on campus on September 16th and will present at 7:30pm in Emens Auditorium.

Materials compiled by Michael Daehn, Richard Leigh, Jacob Steele, and Melinda Messineo.