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.
"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."
- President LeBlanc
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GW’s Strategic Plan: Path to Preeminence
The university's strategic plan process focused on quality within four pillars that drive excellence in higher education:
• World-Class Faculty
• High-Quality Undergraduate Education
• Distinguished and Distinctive Graduate Education
• High-Impact Research
President LeBlanc announced in April that GW would pause the strategic planning process for the foreseeable future to focus on immediate needs due to COVID-19.
Under the theme "Together, We Raise High," the Strategic Initiatives website provides a central location for the GW community to track the progress of the university's five strategic initiatives: Student Experience, Research, Philanthropy and Constituent Engagement, Medical Enterprise and Institutional Culture.