June 6, 2017
Dear UT Community,
I write to announce that Professor of History Dr. Leonard Moore has been named interim vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.
As a scholar, Dr. Moore has examined the intersections of race, history and politics in groundbreaking ways. As a teacher, he has challenged UT students to understand their world, to answer difficult questions and to seek truth in their studies and in their lives. And now, as interim vice president, Dr. Moore will apply his expertise to strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus and throughout the city of Austin.
Dr. Moore has served as a faculty member at UT since 2007 and has been the senior associate vice president for diversity and community engagement since 2013. In his current role, he manages about 30 programs and initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE). He teaches hundreds of students per semester and has published two books, with a third scheduled for release in 2018.
The DDCE oversees an essential part of the mission of our university. It fosters diversity and inclusion, improves relationships with our community and works on behalf of all Longhorns to ensure that all voices and perspectives are heard and reflected in our policies and practices. Dr. Moore has the experience, the historical understanding and the passion to lead this division at a critical moment in the nation’s history and during this important time of transition for the DDCE.
Dr. Moore will begin as interim vice president on July 17 and will serve while a national search is conducted for the permanent position. The search plan will be announced early in the new academic year.
Dr. Moore will replace Dr. Gregory Vincent, the university’s first vice president for diversity and community engagement, who is leaving to become president of his alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. I thank Dr. Vincent for his outstanding service to our university over the past 12 years.
I encourage you to reach out to Dr. Moore to wish him success in his new leadership position. I know I speak for everyone at UT when I say that I look forward to working with him in the year ahead.
Gregory L. Fenves