A Synopsis of President Moore's Accomplishments in Higher Education and Vision for Lesley University
Dr. Joseph B. Moore is in his seventh year as president of Lesley University. The University is actively engaged in the creation of new academic programs that meet the needs of individuals and communities – in education, the arts, and human services. In addition, Lesley is developing new partnerships that strengthen its ability to fulfill its mission, from the Urban Teachers Center (training new teachers to be successful in urban schools) to the Urban Scholar Initiative (to recruit, enroll and graduate more urban high school students) to new collaborations with community colleges. Lesley’s Partnership School Initiative is an externally-funded, four-year initiative with the Kennedy-Longfellow School in East Cambridge to investigate whether the integration of appropriate hardware and software in a diverse school that has struggled with standardized test scores can enhance student learning outcomes.
President Moore leads a university that has a diversified portfolio of programs and range of students: traditional undergraduate college students and adult learners seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree; graduate students completing programs on-campus, off-campus and online; teachers and other professionals completing certificate programs to keep current and maintain certifications and licenses; and robust programs for high school students and community members.
During his presidency the university has added the Brattle Street campus that now houses the university library, classrooms and faculty offices; a second university dining hall; a restored historic house with conference and office space for university advancement staff; and four undergraduate student residence halls. The first half of significant renovations to the Threshold Program’s facilities has been completed this past summer and the second half will be completed next summer. The university is currently constructing the $48 million Lunder Arts Center that will be the new home for the Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University) and will enhance Lesley’s presence at Porter Square, Cambridge. The new arts center will open in January 2015.
Prior to his appointment at Lesley, President Moore served seven years as the President of Empire State College, a comprehensive college within the State University of New York; as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mansfield University in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; and as Director of Academic Affairs and Planning in the Office of the Chancellor at the Vermont State Colleges. He began his educational career thirty-six years ago as a high school English teacher, and prior to that had worked in a factory, a bookstore, a shipyard, and a testing company.
President Moore has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Summa Cum Laude; an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire; and an Ed.D. in Education Administration from the University of Vermont. He currently serves on the board of overseers for the Citi Performing Arts Center, and on the executive board for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM). He is past chair of the board of trustees for the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) based in Chicago, and a former member of the Commission on Adult Learning and Educational Credentials of the American Council on Education (ACE).
Dr. Moore’s professional interests include higher education finance at both public and private colleges and universities; the potential for digital technology to extend educational opportunity to underserved populations and to deepen student learning; the symbiotic relationship between a university and the immediate community; state and federal educational policy, especially financial aid policies; and the language of policy and the degree to which words influence policy implementation.
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