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From the President

Le Moyne's 14th President, Dr. Linda LeMura, leads a dynamic College on the rise.

Welcome to Le Moyne College!


Dear young people, Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert, to see things in life that really matter.”
– Pope Francis

The pontiff’s words beautifully encapsulate what we do at Le Moyne – invite our students to lives of faith and service, intellect and integrity. In a world as fractured as ours, it is easy to become fatalistic and disillusioned, but I am an optimist. It is hard not to be when you work at Le Moyne. Here is why: Students do not come to this College in search of shortcuts or material comforts, as attractive as they may sometimes seem. They come to this place in search of something much more profound. They’re yearning for what the Jesuits have refined in 500 years of scholarship and reflection. They want – and deserve – an education that is worthy of their curiosity, an education that honors their humanity, an education that guides them through the uncertainty of the future.

Like nearly 30 percent of our undergraduates, I was a first-generation college student. My parents, James and Mary LeMura, immigrated to the U.S. with very little in the way of material wealth but with great faith in their community, their family and the future. My story, and the story of my family, is also the story of Le Moyne College. Whether from humble origins or great wealth, immigrant or native born, we are united in our belief that an education is an act of faith, an expression of confidence and calm in the face of the unknown.

As Le Moyne’s 14th president, I am humbled and honored by the faith that has been extended to me by so many. My experience – three advanced degrees, 15 years of teaching and research, 10 years of administrative work – has shown me that, in the words of Pope Francis, “The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead [toward] the Good.” Our students are carving out their own paths on these roads, and when I reflect on the journeys they are choosing to take, I am filled with immense pride. Aided by an education rooted in ethics, service and intellectual rigor, they have rallied around a classmate whose parents are seriously ill, dedicated a Saturday morning volunteering at nearly 20 sites around the city of Syracuse, and completed sophisticated research of their own design. These are surely the “things in life that really matter” that the pontiff referenced.

I am confident that the courage, tenacity and imagination of these young people will surely heal the world.


Linda M. LeMura, Ph.D.

Linda LeMura, Le Moyne's 14th President


Watch Dr. Linda LeMura's message to the community following her selection in May 2014 as Le Moyne College's 14th President and first female lay president in the history of Jesuit higher education. 

Dr. LeMura's Biography

Dr. Linda LeMura became the 14th president of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. on July 1, 2014. Her selection as president was historic, as she is the first female lay person to ascend to the presidency of a Jesuit institution in the United States.

Prior to becoming Le Moyne’s president, she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Le Moyne since 2007 – only the second person in that role in the College’s history – and before that was Le Moyne’s dean of arts and sciences from 2003 to 2007.  Prior to Le Moyne, Dr. LeMura served as a professor, graduate program director and associate dean at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include pediatric obesity, pediatric applied physiology, lipid metabolism, and energy metabolism and she taught applied physiology, anatomy and physiology, bioethics, and the biology of aging. From 1990 to 1994, Dr. LeMura served as a research consultant for both the United States and the Italian Olympic Committees. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and competitively funded grant proposals, a physiology laboratory manual and a
text book that has been translated into multiple languages. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

A Syracuse native and graduate of Bishop Grimes High School, Dr. LeMura is a summa cum laude graduate of Niagara University, and received an M.S. and Ph.D., both in applied physiology, from Syracuse University. Dr. LeMura is married to Dr. Lawrence Tanner, professor of environmental systems science at Le Moyne. The couple has one daughter, Emily, who attends Fordham University. Among her community involvement, she has served on the boards of the Syracuse Symphony, the Everson Museum, and the Syracuse International Film Festival.

Thomas P. Brockelman, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

William H. Brower, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

David C. McCallum '90, S.J., Ed.D., Special Assistant to the President for Mission Integration & Development

Deborah M. Cady Melzer, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Development

Roger W. Stackpoole '86, CPA, Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer


"Just as the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks us as pastors to be careful in choosing candidates who are pastors and close to the people, the Le Moyne board of trustees has chosen similarly and well. In Dr. LeMura, Le Moyne College has a leader who is gentle, patient, and merciful. She is animated by her faith and expresses the freedom of the Lord by her outward simplicity and austerity of her life." - Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York

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Inauguration On Friday March 20, 2015 Dr. Linda LeMura was installed as Le Moyne College's 14th president and the first lay female to serve as the president of a Jesuit institution in the world. Relive the historic day. Watch