At a memo­rial last week, North­eastern remem­bered Thomas Moore, former dean of the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (CBA), who left a pow­erful legacy of visionary and inno­v­a­tive lead­er­ship at the uni­ver­sity. Moore passed away in June.

The cer­e­mony, attended by more than 200 people including uni­ver­sity leaders, alumni and mem­bers of Moore’s family, was held in the Fenway Center on Thursday after­noon.

A grad­uate of Northeastern’s MBA pro­gram, Moore joined the CBA fac­ulty in 1975 and held sev­eral admin­is­tra­tive roles, including asso­ciate dean and then acting dean. 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.

Informing his vision was an excep­tional under­standing of man­age­ment edu­ca­tion from the ground up: He taught mar­keting and man­age­ment courses at both the grad­uate and under­grad­uate levels and was pub­lished widely on inno­va­tions in man­age­ment cur­ricula. 

Moore com­mitted CBA to the mis­sion of devel­oping leaders who would shape the future of impor­tant orga­ni­za­tions. He achieved this by tar­geting resources toward attracting and retaining excep­tional stu­dents and fac­ulty.

He estab­lished the Fac­ulty Fellow Pro­gram in August 2005 to pro­vide addi­tional research and teaching resources to dis­tin­guished aca­d­emic leaders who greatly enrich learning expe­ri­ences for stu­dents and enhance the rep­u­ta­tion of the col­lege and uni­ver­sity.

To honor that part of Moore’s legacy, the uni­ver­sity has estab­lished the Thomas E. Moore Fac­ulty Fellow in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion. This Fac­ulty Fellow will ensure the con­ti­nuity of vision, com­mit­ment to the pur­suit of excel­lence and lead­er­ship prin­ci­ples that Moore exem­pli­fied throughout his career at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. 

Moore also expanded the full-​​time fac­ulty by 40 per­cent, helped estab­lish an endowed chair and more than 20 fac­ulty fel­low­ships, and was key to the estab­lish­ment of CBA’s Center for Emerging Mar­kets, which has given the col­lege a strong voice in issues around the world’s fastest-​​growing busi­ness mar­kets.

As dean, Moore rec­og­nized that stu­dents must be pre­pared to lead in a com­plex global economy. He spear­headed the devel­op­ment of pro­grams aligned with the changing needs of global busi­ness, such as the Bach­elor of Sci­ence in Inter­na­tional Busi­ness pro­gram and the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute, both leading pro­grams.

He con­sis­tently sought to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for working pro­fes­sionals who want to advance their studies, by designing and launching an online MBA pro­gram that today is rec­og­nized as one of the world’s best.