Welcome to Lesley University
With professors and students engaged in teaching, learning and research; libraries and art galleries teeming with new ways of looking at the world; student clubs and athletic teams providing opportunities for students to explore interests and improve performance; and students involved in internships and community service, the university experience challenges us to be totally engaged and develop the best in ourselves.
That’s my experience at Lesley, which is why it’s my privilege to be serving my ninth year as president. Lesley University is an institution dedicated to scholarship grounded in practice and learning rooted in experience. That dedication is reflected in the accomplishments of our 86,000 alumni, award-winning faculty, talented staff, and engaged students. Through this academic community, we continue our 106-year legacy of preparing individuals for careers that strengthen the lives of individuals, families, communities and organizations.
The engine of Lesley’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs is experiential learning, through which students test theory against practice and, in the process, become engaged citizens and lifelong learners. This begins in our small classes with close collaborative relationships between our students and our faculty. That experience then extends beyond campus through our location in Cambridge and proximity to Boston, both of which provide our students with an abundance of important and engaging internship opportunities that lead to socially responsible and personally fulfilling careers. This is one of the benefits of being a student in America’s premier college town. Our graduates build upon these experiences to become the educators and school leaders, environmentalists and entrepreneurs, visual artists and writers, counselors and therapists who create and improve schools, organizations and communities.
Our students, faculty, and staff also revel in the educational and cultural life of Cambridge and Greater Boston even as we deepen our influence in this region. The new Lunder Arts Center opened in January 2015 next to our Graduate School of Education in Porter Square. The arts center is the new home for the Lesley University College of Art and Design, providing arts programming synergies across the university, and serving as a hub of artistic creativity, with a new arts library, galleries, studios, and spaces open to the public.
At the same time, we’re making our mark on a global scale with innovative programs for teachers, counselors and caregivers, such as our Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences’ innovative program in the South American nation of Guyana.
Lesley University cultivates individual excellence and community well-being, and remains true to the vision, principles, and efforts of our namesake founder Edith Lesley. Our growth and success today is testament to many dedicated individuals who remain excited – even awed – by the opportunity to make a difference through education, preparation, and commitment. We never take that for granted.
Something spectacular happens when people from diverse backgrounds and varying life experiences come together on a university campus to find their voices while also listening to the wisdom and learning from the example of others. That decision, that action, is often the first step in finding out who you truly are and determining your purpose. On some level, you feel this, or you wouldn’t have sought Lesley out.
Whatever your contribution is or will be, we’ll help you make things happen. I look forward to meeting you.
Office of the President
A History Through Presidents
Friends of Lesley
Board of Trustees
Office of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
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Cambridge, MA 02138
Strategic Plan 2012 - 2016
Our mission, aspirations, and the current context of American higher education inform our long-term vision as well as our priorities for the next four years.
Read President Moore's message to help you better understand your student loans.
President Joseph Moore discusses important issues in higher education in his weekly blog.
December 17, 2014Our Mission Demands Unflagging Social Justice Leadership
November 25, 2014Coast to Coast, Alumni Extol Lesley’s Life-Changing Virtues
November 12, 2014Persistent Professor Points the Way to Hope
October 20, 2014From ‘Pluto’ To Here: A Stunning Visit From an Old Friend
October 8, 2014Alumni’s Time at Lesley Helped Them Create Fulfilling Careers and Lives
September 11, 2014Body, Mind and Studies
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Celebrating one hundred years as a leader in higher education, the Centennial Page honors Lesley's growth as an institution with alumni stories, historic photo galleries, videos from Centennial Commencement and our downloadable Centennial Publication.