Dr. Scott Moore, a longtime Fresno State professor and administrator, has been named interim executive director of the University’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Fresno State Provost Lynnette Zelezny announced the appointment, effective immediately. Moore will undertake the new role in addition to his duties as dean of the Division of Continuing and Global Education at Fresno State.

“Dr. Moore is a strong leader with deep experience in entrepreneurship and operational and fiscal management,” Zelezny said. “Committed to student success, community engagement and business ethics, he will continue the good work of the Lyles Center through this transition.”

Moore joined Fresno State in 1997 as a communication professor and later served as interim chair of the Philosophy Department.

The Division of Continuing and Global Education provides educational opportunity to thousands of students in more than 50 domestic and international programs.

Under Moore’s leadership, the division instituted a Master of Science degree in water resource management and certificates of advanced study in geographic information systems, community and regional planning and clinical nurse specialist for gerontology and pediatrics. He also received successful funding to establish Fresno State’s first fully online degree completion program.

Through strategic partnerships with private corporations, Moore recently extended the reach of the University by opening a satellite campus in downtown Fresno designed to deliver professional development education in a high-tech facility.

Moore assisted with the development of the Veterans Education Program, a program that provides access and educational opportunity to U.S. veterans returning from active duty to the classroom.

Moore holds a bachelor’s degree from Austin College and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley’s Executive Leadership Academy and the Western Academic Leadership Academy.

The Lyles Center is a nationally-ranked entrepreneurship center with a successful track record of inspiring students, faculty, alumni and community leaders to act on ideas that build a prosperous future.

The Lyles Center leverages resources to assist innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into businesses. The center acts as a bridge for the campus and community, linking resources of both to achieve success in the marketplace.

Moore succeeds Dr. Timothy Stearns, who resigned as executive director last month and will continue through June as special assistant to the provost. He continues as a faculty member in the Craig School of Business in the specialty of entrepreneurship curricula.

A search committee comprising campus and key community members will be formed in the fall for a national search for a permanent Lyles Center executive director.