VP of Academic Affairs to step down in Spring

by Laura Gomez / Beacon Staff • September 6, 2012

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During her ten years at Emerson, Moore was witness to the college's move from Back Bay to the Theater District.
During her ten years at Emerson, Moore was witness to the college's move from Back Bay to the Theater District.

Linda Moore will step down as vice president of academic affairs at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. After 10 years of serving as the VP of Academic Affairs and 47 years in education and administration, Moore will retire in the year of her 70th birthday.

On Aug. 16, President M. Lee Pelton made the announcement to the Emerson community via email. Moore has made notable contributions to the operations of the college, from hiring distinguished faculty to setting written standards for Emerson’s faculty, he said.

“She’s been a terrific VP and assisted in new projects,” said Pelton during a phone interview with the Beacon. “After classes begin, the search committee will be put together.”
As VP of academic affairs, Moore is responsible for overseeing the Advising Department, the library, the Center for Innovation Teaching and Learning, the Grants Office (CITL), the International Office, and the professional studies department. Moreover, each department dean from every academic disciplines report to her.

Throughout her career at Emerson, Moore helped establish numerous research-based offices dedicated to enhancing learning and support for both students and faculty, in addition to providing financial support for educational projects.

Moore said the college she will be leaving behind in the spring is a far cry from the one she first joined in 2003. During her initial years in office, Moore said Emerson was transitioning out of its previous facilities in Back Bay and establishing its campus in the heart of the Theater District by acquiring buildings like the Tufte in 2003, Piano Row in 2004, Paramount in 2005, and Colonial in 2006.

“I’ve seen a lot of growth, not just in the number of faculty but also growth and changes in the curriculum,” said Moore. “Making sure that we have the courses, faculty offices, and classrooms all present challenges,” she said.

Pelton will chair the national search for Moore’s replacement. He said the search process could take up to a full academic year.
Moore said she had been thinking about retiring a few years ago, but when Jacqueline Liebergott, former president of the college announced her June 2011 retirement in 2009, Moore decided to postpone the date.

“It wasn’t good for both of us to leave at the same time,” she said.

Now, Moore is serving in her position for one more year in order to aid the college in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) reaccreditation process, a thorough and crucial project where, every ten years, faculty, students, and staff put together a self-study report.

Moore said the aspect of Emerson she enjoys and will miss the most arethe students.

“Clearly, the students. The students are so energetic and creative,” she paused and smiled, “They really do inspire me; I truly enjoy it.”
“I’ve been in school since I was four,” she said amidst laughter, “so I either have to go back into some remedial education or I should be graduating.”

Moore said she hopes her replacement will have a vast knowledge of the different disciplines, an understanding of the unique qualities that make Emerson a special place and an appreciation for what those are, and certainly a commitment to excellence in academics, she said.

After a long career that began in 1966 as a teacher, Moore said she looks forward to enjoying time with her family and grandchildren.