Culver-Stockton announces business lecturer as recipient of Moorman Professorship

Larson, Eric

Eric Larson | Photo courtesy of Culver-Stockton College

CANTON, Mo. — Culver-Stockton College recently announced that Eric Larson, senior lecturer in business, will serve as the 2023-24 Moorman Professor.

Initially established at C-SC in 2019, the Moorman Professorship serves as a featured designation of excellence for the faculty holder and a signal to the academic and regional community, the importance of informing and engaging emerging future leaders on the value of a free-market society, entrepreneurship and strong personal character.

In a press release, Larson said, “Free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity, driving innovation, competition and opportunity. It empowers individuals to pursue their dreams, rewards hard work and fosters a dynamic economy that benefits society as a whole. Funding from the Moorman Foundation allows us to educate our students and community about the need for democratic government, free marketing economic systems and strong socio-cultural institutions.”

The Moorman Professorship enables Culver-Stockton to recognize a notable member of its faculty whose contributions in free-enterprise systems and expertise in teaching translate to a demonstrated passion for educating the next generation of business leaders.  The Moorman Professorship provides vital resources to Culver-Stockton to build and advance the Division of Business, Education and Law while also implementing engaging, community-focused programs and projects.

“The Moorman Professorship is an honor of distinction that provides resources to invest in students, programs, activities and curriculum. This, in turn, enriches the overall academic atmosphere and helps attract promising students to the college,” Provost Kim Gaither said.

The Moorman Professorship funds will be used to initiate new, interdisciplinary and creative opportunities for students, create collaborations within the community and assist in establishing sustainable educational program initiatives. 

Larson, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Quincy University, joined the C-SC faculty in 2011. He is working on a doctorate in management from Liberty University. He teaches courses including macroeconomics, microeconomics, management, social media marketing, sales and marketing, human resource management and others. He previously served as the general manager for a rental company, Cantrell Inc., and was an investment representative for Edward Jones Investments. He also was the managing partner of SUR Inc. in Quincy. 

Charles A. Moorman and his wife, Fabiola Cassidy, established the foundation in 1942 in recognition of Charles’ father, Thomas Robinson (T.R.) Moorman, who created The Moorman Manufacturing Company in Gorin. The business, which eventually moved to Quincy, Ill., manufactured more than 150 products for feeding livestock and poultry. It was sold to ADM in 1997. The couple used the foundation to channel philanthropic initiatives that highlight the basic economic, ethical and legal principles of a free society.

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