To all members of the Northeastern community:

I am deeply saddened to inform you that Tom Moore passed away last night. As Dean of our College of Business Administration, Tom was a visionary leader and a genuine innovator in higher education. In many ways, Tom exemplified the mission of CBA, which is to develop leaders who shape the future of important organizations.

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

A graduate of Northeastern’s MBA program, Tom joined the Northeastern faculty in 1975 and served in several administrative roles, including Associate Dean and then Acting Dean of CBA. He went on to serve in leadership positions at Babson University and the Arthur D. Little School of Management before returning to Northeastern in 2004 to become Dean of CBA. Tom taught marketing and management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He was published widely on innovations in management curricula, the introduction of high technology products, and marketing for non-profit organizations.

As Dean, Tom 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. Tom also championed the Social Enterprise Institute, which enables students to participate in experiential learning in impoverished regions of the world. He consistently sought to provide opportunities for working professionals who want to advance their studies, by designing and launching an online MBA program which today is recognized as one of the world’s best.

We will let you know as soon as we have information about upcoming funeral services.

Like all educators, Tom’s work lives on in the thousands of students he taught and mentored. I know that Tom’s family — and all of us in the Northeastern family — are comforted by the fact that he leaves a powerful legacy of leadership. His many contributions to Northeastern, and to higher education, will be felt for generations to come.


Joseph E. Aoun