The IAMSCU community was saddened to received the news of the passing of Dr. Marcio de Moraes on Sunday, September 11, 2022. He died on Sunday morning after a long illness and his death led to worldwide expressions of condolences and solidarity. The IAMSCU’s President, The Rev. Dr. Tom Wolfe, shared the news with Board of Directors:
Marcio loved IAMSCU. He served as IAMSCU President from 2014 to 2017. He was an influential educational leader in Brazil and Latin America, having served as Professor, Financial Officer, Vice-President, and President of two Methodist-related institutions in Brazil, the Methodist University of Sao Paulo (UMESP) and the Methodist University of Piracicaba (UNIMEP).
Moraes was born in 1956, in São Roque (SP). He received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil, and then continued his Graduate studies at the University of Barcelona, Spain, where he received his Doctoral Degree. He served the Methodist Church in Brazil and Methodist education worldwide in many capacities. He was a youth leader and became the President of the Brazilian Federation of Methodist Youth during the 1980s. In the 1990s, he joined the administration office of the Methodist University of São Paulo (UMESP) in Brazil, where he eventually became Chief Financial Officer and Vice-President for Administration, culminating with becoming President between 2006 and 2016. He was then selected to be the President of the Methodist University of Piraricaba (UNIMEP) in 2016-2017, but left this position due to his illness.
Marcio de Moraes also served as General Director of Methodist Education in Brazil from 2009 to 2012, Vice-President of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges, and Universities (IAMSCU) between 2011 and 2014, and then elected as IAMSCU’s President. He served in this position between 2014 and 2017 and was serving as IAMSCU Past President and member of the IAMSCU Executive Committee since then.
Marcio de Moraes is survived by his widow, Marcia de Moraes, their two sons, André de Moraes and Daniel de Moraes, as well as his daughters-in-law and his three gandchildren,: Samuel, Laura, and Benjamin. Condolences can be sent to his wife, Marcia de Moraes and her family at firstname.lastname@example.org. IAMSCU will remember him during the meeting of the Board of Directors in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, scheduled for October 2, 2022.