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Ask me L. Mo: a conversation with Larry Moneta

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One of the first names students learn on campus is Larry Moneta, or "L-Mo," as he's been nicknamed by students. The vice president for student affairs since 2001, Moneta has just about every aspect of student life under his umbrella—though for some, he's most recognizable as the man who announces classes are canceled for a snow day. Towerview gets up close and personal with the administrator below:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Any time spent with my grandchildren and in their absence, hearing the sounds of children laughing uncontrollably.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

The time my family spent in concentration camps without hope and believing that no one cared about them.

What is your greatest fear?

That my 42 years of work in higher ed haven't made a difference in the lives of students.

What historical character do you most identify with?

Albert Einstein.

Which living person do you most admire?

The Dalai Lama.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?


What is the trait you most deplore in others?


What is your greatest extravagance?

Dining out.

On what occasion do you lie?

I don't (am I lying?)

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Partnering with my wife to add incredible and caring children and grandchildren to our world.

What is your most treasured possession?

Possessions are meaningless to me.

What is your favorite occupation?

Vice President for Student Affairs at Duke University. There's nothing better.... (but for professional golfer or starting guard for the Boston Celtics).


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