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Dr. Linda LeMura Named Provost & VP for Academic Affairs at Le Moyne

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Following a comprehensive national search, Le Moyne College has named Dr. Linda M. LeMura as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. She becomes only the second provost in the 63-year history of the College.

For the past two years, Dr. LeMura has served as Le Moyne’s interim provost. Prior to that, she was the College's Dean of Arts and Sciences, a position she held from 2003 to 2007.

“Dr. LeMura brings an impressive range of talents and accomplishments to the position,” said Dr. Fred P. Pestello, Le Moyne’s president. “It was clear to the search committee that she understands the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the College and has a passion for liberal education and academic excellence. She is a smart, energetic professional who truly believes in this institution, and her strong, established ties to the Central New York community, the Syracuse Diocese, and local, state, and federal government will serve Le Moyne well.”

“I am truly honored to be selected as provost, and am grateful to the search committee, Dr. Pestello, and all those who were involved in this decision,” said Dr. LeMura. “In my time at Le Moyne, I have come to develop a deep devotion and appreciation for the entire College community, particularly our first-rate faculty. It is clear to me that Le Moyne, driven by its compelling Jesuit mission, is moving toward becoming one of the finest institutions of its kind in the country.”   

A Syracuse native and graduate of Bishop Grimes High School, Dr. LeMura received a B.S. in biology and education from Niagara University, and an M.S. and Ph.D., both in applied physiology, from Syracuse University. Prior to Le Moyne, from 1992 to 2003 she served in several roles at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, including professor, graduate program director, chairperson and assistant chairperson in the departments of exercise science and biology and allied health sciences.  From 1994 to 1995 she was Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and from 1992 to 1994 she was associate professor, both at Bloomsburg.

Extensively published, Dr. LeMura’s field of research and expertise is pediatric obesity, pediatric applied physiology, lipid metabolism, and energy metabolism. She taught applied physiology, anatomy and physiology, bioethics, and the biology of aging.

Dr. LeMura is married to Dr. Lawrence Tanner, professor of natural systems science and director of the Center for the Study of Environmental Change at Le Moyne. The couple has one daughter, Emily, who is a freshman at Christian Brothers Academy. Among her community involvement, she is on the board of the Syracuse Symphony, the Everson Museum, and the Syracuse International Film Festival. She has served the Diocese of Syracuse on a number of education committees, including the board of the Cathedral Academy at Pompei, and is a member of the transition team for U.S. Congressman Dan Maffei.

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posted on: 3/19/2009