Dr. Phillip Moye Gets Solid Start at Mount Olive College

MOUNT OLIVE – This fall will mark 20 years since Phillip Moye first enrolled at University of Mount Olive.  The Goldsboro native and Eastern Wayne High School graduate was looking a college close to home and one that would give him a solid start towards his desire of becoming a physician.

“I liked the fact that the classes were small and the professors knew me by name,” Moye said.

In addition to his studies Moye was a member of the Trojan soccer team, having walked onto the team during that first fall at MOC.  “That was another one of the things I liked about University of Mount Olive,” Moye recalled, “there were many opportunities for students to get involved and to succeed.”

For Moye deciding to pursue a medical degree may have been daunting, and there were surely those that doubted he could achieve his dream, but he proved his detractors wrong. Moye currently serves as a hospitalist at Sampson Regional Medical Center, an ER doctor at Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Wayne County Medical examiner.  It is a rewarding career and one that keeps him extremely busy and focused.

As a hospitalist, Moye believes in making sure his patients understand their treatment plan and possible alternatives. He proudly states that the best aspect of his job is saving lives and providing comforting care to hospice patients. When asked to describe what he believed his patients thought of him now, Moye responded, “Hopefully as a good doctor.  I try to foster healthy living in the patients I treat,” he said.

Having been born and raised in Wayne County, Moye often runs into some of his former professors like Willis Brown and Lorelle Martin.  “It is good to catch up and see familiar faces from my days at MOC,” he said.  “It brings back fond memories.”

Moye transferred to N. C. State University during his junior year.  He earned his master’s degree in Cell Biology at ECU and his MD from Saba University in the Netherlands Antilles. He completed his residency at the UNC affiliated residency at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.  But through all of his educational experiences, Moye looks back at University of Mount Olive as giving him the jump start he needed. “MOC was just what I needed at the time,” he stated. “It was the perfect transition from high school and prepared me to go on to larger universities where I could ultimately pursue my dream of becoming a doctor.”

It seems medicine runs in the Moye family, Phillip’s brother, Steve Moye, is an Emergency Medicine physician, his sister-in-law, Amy, is a veterinarian in Mount Olive, and his niece Ginny Moye is a fourth-year medical student at UNC.

Moye’s future career goals are to become board certified in hospice medicine. He has been married to his wife Jennifer for 10 years. They have three children eight-year-old twins Thad and Seth, and six-year-old Elise.  The family also has a herd of cattle and is involved with production of hay.  Moye is the son of George and Judy Moye.

University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit www.moc.edu.