North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is remem­bering Thomas Moore, former dean of the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (CBA) and a visionary leader and inno­vator, who passed away last week.

A grad­uate of Northeastern’s MBA pro­gram, Moore joined the fac­ulty in 1975 and held sev­eral admin­is­tra­tive roles, including asso­ciate dean and then acting dean of CBA. He went on to serve in lead­er­ship posi­tions at Babson Col­lege and the Arthur D. Little School of Man­age­ment before returning to North­eastern in 2004 to become CBA’s dean.

I was always per­son­ally grateful for Tom’s will­ing­ness to work beyond the scope of his col­lege,” said Joseph Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern. “He con­stantly pro­vided me with ideas on a range of University-​​wide issues including online edu­ca­tion, global expe­ri­en­tial pro­grams and strategic partnerships.”

Moore taught mar­keting and man­age­ment courses at both the grad­uate and under­grad­uate levels. He was also pub­lished widely on inno­va­tions in man­age­ment cur­ricula, the intro­duc­tion of high tech­nology prod­ucts and mar­keting for non­profit organizations.

As dean, he rec­og­nized that stu­dents must be pre­pared to lead in a com­plex global economy. Under his lead­er­ship, CBA launched the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness (BSIB) pro­gram, which has part­ner­ships with uni­ver­si­ties in seven dif­ferent countries.

He also cham­pi­oned the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute, which enables stu­dents to develop micro­fi­nance projects in impov­er­ished regions of the world. Moore con­sis­tently sought to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for working pro­fes­sionals looking to advance their studies, by designing and launching an online MBA pro­gram — which today is rec­og­nized as one of the world’s best.

When Tom returned to North­eastern, he rec­og­nized the unre­al­ized poten­tial of CBA’s pro­grams, stu­dents, staff and fac­ulty. He preached that a great busi­ness school needed great stu­dents, great fac­ulty, great pro­grams and great alumni,” said William Crit­tendon, CBA’s senior asso­ciate dean and dean of faculty.

Tom’s legacy of inno­va­tion per­vades CBA — online edu­ca­tion, social entre­pre­neur­ship, enhance­ment and expan­sion of inter­na­tional pro­grams, cus­tomized exec­u­tive edu­ca­tion and fac­ulty and pro­gram­matic strengths in global man­age­ment. With Tom’s passing, higher edu­ca­tion has lost an insightful leader, and the col­lege has lost a beloved friend.”

Tom was a great dean and I will miss his wise counsel and ability to cut through issues and get to a solu­tion,” said Stephen Zoloth, dean of the Bouvé Col­lege of Health Sci­ences. “He saw clearly what needed to be done, and was a master at exe­cu­tion. He respected and was respected by fac­ulty and staff, and instinc­tively made choices that brought out the best in people. He was warm and funny, with a very subtle sense of humor, and he was a very strategic thinker who clearly led the col­lege to great success.”

A hus­band, father, and retired U.S. Navy vet­eran of the Vietnam War, Moore’s life was filled with exem­plary achievements.

Tom lived life to the fullest, and he made an enor­mous impact on so many people he worked with here,” said Kate Klepper, CBA’s asso­ciate dean of grad­uate busi­ness pro­grams. “He cared deeply about edu­ca­tion, and was a won­derful example of how to be a great leader.”

Tom was a great guy,” said Harry Lane, acting dean of the col­lege. “He put the col­lege on a tra­jec­tory for tremen­dous suc­cess. He was very entre­pre­neurial, par­tic­u­larly in devel­oping our online pro­grams. He was a good man­ager also. He under­stood people’s strengths and he put in place an excel­lent man­age­ment team and empow­ered them.”

Friends and col­leagues from the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and from across the Uni­ver­sity gath­ered on Sat­urday at a recep­tion hosted by Pres­i­dent Aoun to cel­e­brate Moore’s life and achievements.

Like all edu­ca­tors, Tom’s work lives on in the thou­sands of stu­dents he taught and men­tored,” said Aoun.