June 13, 2018
Dear UT Community,
I am pleased to announce that after a national search, Dr. Leonard Moore will become vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, effective July 1.
Dr. Moore has been the interim vice president since last July and has served the campus and the greater Austin community very well. He is passionate. He is thoughtful. He is genuine. And his words, both written and spoken, always have impact. He reaches out to people in all walks of life and builds connections with them. He is a brilliant scholar who inspires and listens — to students, faculty members and staff members. That’s why he’s the right person for this important role supporting our strategies on diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Moore has served as a faculty member at UT since 2007. He is the George Littlefield Professor of American History, and his classes and research focus on modern African American history and the intersection of race, culture and politics. Between 2013 and 2017, he was the senior associate vice president for diversity and community engagement.
I’d like to thank Luis Zayas, dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, for chairing the search committee for this position and for providing me with invaluable advice during this process. The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement will benefit greatly from Dr. Moore’s continued leadership.
DDCE’s mission is to foster inclusion at UT, improve relationships with our community and work on behalf of all Longhorns to ensure that all voices and perspectives are heard and reflected in our policies and practices. Dr. Moore has been a vital contributor to DDCE for many years. He understands its purpose and potential, and he has a strong vision. He will help The University of Texas at Austin grow and develop for the benefit of current and future Longhorns and the people of Texas.
So today, please congratulate Dr. Moore on this well-earned appointment. I look forward to working closely with him.
Gregory L. Fenves