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Fresno State names interim director of Lyles Center

Longtime Fresno State professor and administrator Scott Moore will serve as interim executive director of Fresno State’s Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the university announced Tuesday. Former director Timothy Stearns resigned last month after an audit questioned his spending and business practices.

Moore, dean of the university’s Division of Continuing and Global Education, has been at Fresno State since 1997 and will take on the new role immediately while continuing his other duties.

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

A California State University audit in February found that Stearns had several conflicts of interest concerning his outside business and his role at Lyles Center. The audit also questioned Stearn’s cash handling: University officials said they were not aware of a PayPal account overseen by the center, in which at least $15,000 of expenditures and payments to Stearns is still being questioned.

Stearns defended his practices, saying he was unaware of some of the university’s policies. He will continue through June as special assistant to the provost and continues as a faculty member in the Craig School of Business.

Mackenzie Mays: 559-441-6412, @MackenzieMays