Message From Leadership

A seasoned higher education professional, Gratz's Interim Dean brings a commitment to build upon the College's Jewish heritage, and great enthusiasm for embracing the future with an innovative spirit.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Gratz community as the new Interim Dean. My name is Honour Moore, and while I have been at Gratz in a part time capacity since 2016, I have not had a chance to meet (either virtually or in person) with many of you. I am delighted to have this opportunity to serve the institution in a way that builds upon my previous experiences in higher education. I have been involved in academic administration, in a variety of settings, for more than 30 years. While my experience is broad, I have most often been involved as Dean, in institutions with programs involving adult students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, which fits well with the student body at Gratz.

My own higher education has all been as a non-traditional adult learner. I have earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Rosemont College, a master’s in history from Villanova University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. My first two degrees were traditional on-campus programs with a semester-based format, and my doctoral program was primarily in an online, accelerated format.  Thus, I am well versed in diverse pedagogical models. Each of my own personal education experiences has given me an insight into how adults learn best and what types of programs meet their individual needs.

In addition to serving as the Interim Dean, I serve as the Director of the Doctoral Program in Education Leadership (Ed.D.) at Gratz College. This newly revised program offers three tracks:  Jewish Studies, Pre-K-12 Education, and Higher Education. Now in its second year, there are currently 16 students actively pursuing an Ed.D.

I am particularly excited to be at Gratz College at this unique time in its illustrious history. It has long been known for its mission to serve the Jewish community, but has now broadened its reach to a wider ecumenical audience. Through offering programs in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Education, Interfaith Studies, Non-Profit Management, and Camp Administration, as well as Jewish Studies, in an online and hybrid format, the reach of the institution has expanded greatly, both throughout the country and around the world. As Interim Dean, I view my role as supporting the vision and goals of the institution, as articulated by our president, Dr. Finkelman, which is to make Gratz College known to a broad audience for its commitment to Jewish values and traditions, while embracing the future with enthusiasm and an innovative spirit.

—  JANUARY 2019