Alumni Profiles


Leila Moore, Ed.D.’75

Getting It Right

Leila Moore

When Leila Moore recalls her days at the University of Albany, her thoughts turn to her mentor and adviser, the late Arthur A. Hitchcock. The professor of education, who served for more than a decade as executive director of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, “would tell us, ‘Get it right,’”remembers Moore. “That was his philosophy: Anybody can learn, given the right environment and the right connections.”

At the University, Moore also discovered that “learning is a partnership. The chemistry in the classroom – the good friends I made, and my good teachers – helped me. Albany has
education right.”

As both administrator and educator, Moore built an impressive career at several institutions, including UAlbany, Penn State, The College of Saint Rose, Bowling Green, the University of New Hampshire and Salem State. Retired from both UNH and Salem State, she is now vice president at William Spelman Executive Search. Moore enjoys traveling and painting with her partner, psychotherapist, licensed clinical social worker and Salem State University visiting assistant professor Deborah Hamilton.

Because Moore’s connections with Albany “made me want to give back,” she and Hamilton are leaving a bequest to UAlbany. The Somersworth, N.H., residents are still thinking about the specifics of the planned gift, but Hamilton said they would “love to see older students and single moms get the support they need.”

– Carol Olechowski