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Le Moyne College to offer first-ever doctoral degree

By Eric Reinhardt

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Le Moyne College has announced plans to start a doctor of education program in executive leadership this fall. It represents the first doctoral-degree program that Le Moyne has offered. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Le Moyne College announced that it plans to launch a doctor of education program in executive leadership, the first doctoral-level degree that the college has offered.

It’ll be available beginning this fall, Le Moyne said. “Designed to best serve” individuals who are working in the fields of education, business, nonprofit, social work and health care, Le Moyne will add the doctoral program to the portfolio of offerings through its Purcell School of Professional Studies.

Prospective students must have already obtained a master’s degree and have served for at least three years in a leadership or management position.

Le Moyne has named Dana Hart director of the program, which will focus on four specific areas. They include leadership that transforms, social responsibility, scholarship, and communication.

Le Moyne College President Linda LeMura said the new doctoral-degree program “represents a landmark moment” for the school.

“Since our founding in 1946, Le Moyne has been known for the quality of our programs, first for an undergraduate population, and more recently as we have introduced several successful graduate programs in the health care, education, business and arts-administration fields. This executive leadership program is a natural development of our institutional growth at the graduate level,” LeMura contended in a news release.

Le Moyne has designed the 60-credit program so students can complete it in 48 months on a part-time basis or in 36 months for full-time candidates.

“It is anticipated that many professionals in our region and across upstate New York will be retiring from educational organizations over the next several years,” Margaret Wells, dean of the Purcell School, said in the release. “This program will provide a pipeline for those seeking to serve and lead others in the betterment of school systems, higher education and other educational organizations.”

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