Moore to step down as Lesley University president next year

Joseph B. Moore
Joseph B. MooreStu Rosner/Lesley University

Joseph B. Moore, the president of Lesley University, plans to retire in June 2016 after nine years as president, school officials said Monday.

Moore is the third college president in Greater Boston to announce a departure since mid-April. H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College, and Jackie Jenkins-Scott, at Wheelock College, also plan to depart after the next academic year.

During Moore's tenure at the Cambridge school, Lesley — which is known for its flexible programs that allow working professionals to earn advanced degrees — added a new campus on Brattle Street, opened an arts center in Porter Square, launched doctoral and master's programs, and expanded its online classes.


"I look forward to a very full and active year ahead, followed by a smooth presidential transition," Moore, who is 64, said in a news release.

Before coming to Lesley, Moore served as president of Empire State College, a school within the State University of New York system, for seven years.

Lesley has 7,292 students and a $189 million endowment, according to the college's website.

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