President Thomas J. LeBlanc
17th President of the George Washington University
Thomas J. LeBlanc is the 17th president of the George Washington University, the largest institution of higher education in Washington, D.C. Dr. LeBlanc leads a preeminent academic and research enterprise with 10 schools and colleges, more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students and thousands of faculty and staff across three campuses in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Dr. LeBlanc has focused efforts on enhancing GW's student experience, research, philanthropy and constituent engagement, medical enterprise and institutional culture. The university is now building on this progress to advance GW toward its aspiration for preeminence as a comprehensive, global research university, leading it to its bicentennial and beyond.
The George Washington University’s bicentennial is a historic milestone. Throughout 2021, GW students, faculty, staff, alumni, families and friends will come together to reflect on the university's history and consider its exciting future.
"GW’s generations of global impact and influence have been nurtured by learning and living in the heart of our nation’s capital for 200 years. Together, we are celebrating GW’s accomplishments as one of the most distinguished comprehensive, global research universities in the country." —President LeBlanc
The health and safety of the GW community is the university's top priority. GW is working with safety, public health, and medical experts, as well as government officials, to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and respond appropriately.
As COVID-19 vaccines become available through the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and other states, George Washington University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.
"I believe higher education is the strongest force for social mobility in the United States. And being a part of it is what gets me up in the morning."