Paul LeBlanc

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Leading Authority on Business Model Innovation and Disruptive Innovation in Higher Education; Listed as one of Forbes’ 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and One of the “Most Influential People in Higher Education;” President, Southern New Hampshire University

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Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Under the 15 years of his direction, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 134,000 learners and is the largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country.

The university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included. Forbes magazine listed Dr. LeBlanc as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and one of the “most influential people in higher education.” Washington Monthly named him one of America’s ten most innovative university presidents. In 2018, Dr. LeBlanc won the prestigious TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, joining some of the most respected university and college presidents in American higher education.

Dr. LeBlanc served as senior policy advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the U.S. Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation. He serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce (and served on its Committee on Quality in Undergraduate Education). He also serves on the ACE Board and chairs the AGB Council of Presidents.

Dr. LeBlanc immigrated to the United States as a child, was the first person in his extended family to attend college and is a graduate of Framingham State University (bachelor’s), Boston College (master’s), and the University of Massachusetts (doctorate). From 1993 to 1996 he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, was president of Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003 and became president of SNHU in 2003.

Dr. Paul LeBlanc is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Biography

Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Under the 15 years of his direction, SNHU has grown from 2,800 students to over 134,000 learners and is the largest non-profit provider of online higher education in the country.

The university was #12 on Fast Company magazine’s “World’s Fifty Most Innovative Companies” list and was the only university included. Forbes magazine listed Dr. LeBlanc as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and one of the “most influential people in higher education.” Washington Monthly named him one of America’s ten most innovative university presidents. In 2018, Dr. LeBlanc won the prestigious TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education, joining some of the most respected university and college presidents in American higher education.

Dr. LeBlanc served as senior policy advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the U.S. Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation. He serves on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce (and served on its Committee on Quality in Undergraduate Education). He also serves on the ACE Board and chairs the AGB Council of Presidents.

Dr. LeBlanc immigrated to the United States as a child, was the first person in his extended family to attend college and is a graduate of Framingham State University (bachelor’s), Boston College (master’s), and the University of Massachusetts (doctorate). From 1993 to 1996 he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, was president of Marlboro College (VT) from 1996 to 2003 and became president of SNHU in 2003.

Dr. Paul LeBlanc is available for paid speaking engagements, including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, and conference talks, and advisory/consulting services, through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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“Paul Leblanc is pioneering the future of higher education and lifelong learning. In an industry desperately in need of disruptive change, his work at SNHU allows every individual to realize his or her unique potential.”

—Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School Professor and Father of the Theory of Disruptive Innovation

“Paul LeBlanc is one of the most committed, creative educators I have ever met. He is driven to bring the life-changing promise of higher education to the many, not the privileged few. He knows the path out of poverty is only possible with educational opportunity. The work he is doing inspires me and gives me hope.”

—Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education

“The landscape of higher education is changing dynamically. Paul LeBlanc’s powerful vision for reinventing higher education offers inspiration and hope.”

—John O’Brien, President and CEO of Educause

“Paul LeBlanc is one of America’s most innovative and inspired leaders. He has expanded access to high quality education to hundreds of thousands of traditionally underserved students from New Hampshire to Rwanda. He is a hero.”

—Ted Mitchell, President of the American Council on Education

“In telling his compelling personal story of a life transformed by great teachers and first generation college, Paul LeBlanc leads us to the critical conclusion that ALL people need a “side door” to the American Dream in the form of financially accessible higher education. As one of the world’s true higher education innovators, Paul has delivered the ‘American Dream’ to thousands of individuals all over the world through his presidency at Southern New Hampshire University. His story is an inspiration for all.”

—Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Accelera TE

 

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