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April 9, 2009 - State Senator Richard T. Moore to Receive Honorary Degree

BOSTON – State Senator Richard Moore, a leader in health care legislation and reform, will be awarded an honorary Degree Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) and will serve as the commencement speaker at the 115th graduation exercise of The New England College of Optometry on May 31.

“Senator Moore has figured prominently in virtually every major piece of health care legislation enacted during the past decade and has demonstrated a deep commitment to extending access to health care for all citizens,” President Elizabeth Chen said in announcing his selection by the Board of Trustees.

The seven-term senator was the primary sponsor of the Commonwealth’s landmark Health Reform Law and is a leader locally and nationally in promoting the use of electronic health records.

Senator Moore, recognized as one of the Commonwealth’s most influential legislators, is chair of the Senate’s Health Care Financing Committee, and serves on the Joint Committee on Higher Education, the Joint Committee on Public Service, and the Committee on Ways and Means. He also serves as vice president of the National Conference of State Legislators and is in line to become president of the organization which represents nearly 7,500 legislators across the country.

Senator Moore was the assistant director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during the Clinton Administration, has taught history at a number of area colleges, and is a former assistant to the president at Bentley College. He holds an A.B. from Clark University and an M.A. from Colgate University. He lives in Uxbridge, MA.

About The New England College of Optometry
The New England College of Optometry is one of the oldest and most diverse optometric colleges in the United States with students from more than 40 states and 14 countries. The College’s alumni represent nearly 10 percent of the optometrists in the United States and it supervises some 10 percent of the nation’s post-O.D. residents. The College offers O.D., M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The New England Eye Institute, the clinical teaching and patient care subsidiary of the College, provides 85,000 patient visits annually at more than 42 health care facilities.



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