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YouSpeak: An Anniversary for BU’s Kenneth Elmore

A decade as dean of students


Easily the most recognizable face on campus, Kenneth Elmore is celebrating a special anniversary: 10 years ago this past August, in what was a homecoming of sorts, he arrived to take a new role—dean of students. Elmore (SED’87) began his BU career as a graduate intern in the Student Activities Office in 1985 while pursuing a master’s degree in education. He went on to become associate director of Residence Life, and at the same time was pursuing a law degree at New England Law. He left BU to practice law, but always knew he’d be back, he says.

In his 10 years of deanship Elmore has become famous for his signature bow ties, his red Vespa, and his intrepidity in jumping into the Charles River. He has also changed the public face of the Dean of Student’s Office, challenging Student Life offices to create a better student experience and pioneering the use of social media to advance student outreach.

This week, “YouSpeak” pays tribute to Elmore’s decade of service and asks students for their favorite stories about him.

Happy anniversary, Dean, and here’s to the next 10!

YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.

If you have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask, post it in the Comments section below.

Erik Duda, Multimedia Producer video film, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
Erik Duda

Erik Duda can be reached at erikduda@bu.edu.

8 Comments on YouSpeak: An Anniversary for BU’s Kenneth Elmore

  • bob on 09.16.2013 at 9:39 am

    Ladies – what do you think about guys in bow ties (and not just Dean Elmore?)

    • Sonia on 09.16.2013 at 7:35 pm

      A guy who wears a bow tie always looks like a gentleman.

  • Tricia on 09.16.2013 at 9:47 am

    The BU community is beyond lucky to have Dean Elmore. Congratulations, Dean Elmore! Looking forward to what the next 10 years will bring!

  • Gene F. Dalton on 09.16.2013 at 4:03 pm

    Congradulations Dean Elmore it has been a pleasure knowing you these many years. You are a definite leader and always there to help.

  • Diana Hughes on 09.16.2013 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for making BU an incredible experience for our daughter (as well as all the students on campus)

  • Barry on 09.16.2013 at 8:03 pm

    Congrats! A real class act! BU is blessed to have Dean Elmore.

  • Margaret-Ann on 09.17.2013 at 2:33 pm

    Congratulations Dean Elmore. As a parent of two BU students (one graduated and one senior) and the wife of a BU grad, I always look forward to my encounters with Dean Elmore – especially at the BU Women’s Hockey games!

  • Sven Rearheart on 09.30.2013 at 2:41 pm


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