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A Veterans Affairs official overseeing research into servicemen and servicewomen’s common afflictions is the new dean of Sargent College.
Christopher Moore succeeds Kathleen Morgan, who has been interim dean for the past year. Morgan, chair of Sargent’s health science department, headed the college after former dean Gloria Waters was named BU’s vice president and associate provost for research.
For the past three years, Moore was the scientific program manager for the VA’s Sensory Systems and Communications Disorders Program, which researches the diagnosis and treatment of numerous medical problems, including tinnitus, balance disorders, visual and multisensory impairment, blast-related hearing loss, and speech and language disorders.
“Working with the Sargent College team presents an incredible opportunity for someone devoted to contributing broadly to education in health and rehabilitation,” says Moore. “All of the essential elements are already in place at Sargent: stellar clinical programs, internationally recognized researchers, and strong administrative structure and support devoted to some of the best students in their disciplines.”
That foundation, he says, puts Sargent at a strategic sweet spot as both American health care and higher education confront similar, daunting problems.
“Our health care infrastructure faces formidable sustainability challenges of cost, quality, and access,” Moore says. “Ensuring that the opportunities at Sargent College are of the highest quality possible and are accessible by a diverse student population is possible only with deliberate, focused efforts. Fortunately, Sargent College is already a leader in these areas.”
The product of a nationwide search for a new dean, Moore “has spent his career as a widely respected researcher, professor, and practitioner of rehabilitation science, focusing largely on issues of speech and hearing,” says Jean Morrison, University provost. “It became clear that Dr. Moore’s credentials, leadership experience, and exceptionally strong track record of federal grant writing, interdisciplinary research, and new program development are an ideal match for our needs at Sargent.”
Before his government service, Moore was a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, doing federally supported research into children’s speech motor control development for two decades. He chaired that university’s speech and hearing sciences department. His research into speech physiology received funding from the National Institutes of Health for more than a quarter of a century. He spent four years as a scientific review officer at the NIH’s Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders before moving to the VA.
Moore earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a master’s and a PhD from Purdue. He has won many research and training awards and written or cowritten numerous scholarly articles, book chapters, and meeting presentations.
Moore officially became dean on August 15, 2014.
By Rich Barlow, BU Today
The Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology offers the following Fall 2014 information sessions:
Friday, September 19 at 5:00
Friday, October 17, at 4:30
Friday, November 14 at 4:30
Friday, December 12 at 4:30
To RSVP, please contact Ada Kwok.