Track Progress of GW's Strategic Initiatives

President LeBlanc and SJT scholar


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.

Look for regular updates and find out how GW community members can join the efforts or provide feedback. [Track Progress]


Message from Thomas LeBlanc

June 28, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc responds to the Trump Administration’s travel ban.

Alumni Meet, Network on Capitol Hill

June 28, 2018

Members of Congress, Hill staffers were among GW alumni who attended the annual reception that included President LeBlanc.

Senator Warner Calls for a National Cyber Doctrine

June 25, 2018

GW’s VSTC sponsored a conversation with Mr. Warner for the Northern Virginia Technology Council and cyber security undergraduates.

Cafritz Foundation Honors Outstanding D.C. Government Employees

June 22, 2018

George Washington President Thomas J. LeBlanc closed the event highlighting the importance of service.

Commencement 2018

May 21, 2018

President LeBlanc delivered his first Commencement charge to the class of 2018.

President LeBlanc Addresses GW Community in New York

May 18, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc outlined his strategic initiatives for GW and shared recent progress on his priority of enhancing the undergraduate student experience.

Board of Trustees Approves Fiscal 2019 University Budget

May 18, 2018

“These investments benefit our entire university community and support our continued growth as a comprehensive global research institution," Dr. LeBlanc said.

Student Experience Efforts Highlighted at Board of Trustees Meeting

May 18, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc highlighted the university’s efforts to improve the student experience, including a new dining plan and residence hall plans.

Meet the 2018 Presidential Fellows

May 11, 2018

"I am delighted to join in welcoming and congratulating the Presidential Fellowship 2018-20 cohort," Dr. LeBlanc said.

NEXT Celebrates Work of Corcoran Students

April 30, 2018

In a toast for NEXT students, George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc called the exhibition an “impressive display.”

Emmanuel Macron: ‘You Will Be the One to Decide’

April 26, 2018

President of the Republic of France visits GW; “This is truly an ‘Only at GW’ moment,” Dr. LeBlanc said.

University Honors Outstanding Faculty

April 26, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc presented awards at the ceremony.

GW Celebrates High Academic Achievers

April 23, 2018

GW President Thomas LeBlanc said, “You exemplify this community’s aspiration to seek preeminence in all that we do."

GW Celebrates Earth Day

April 20, 2018

President Thomas LeBlanc committed to continuing to support GW’s leadership in sustainability.

A New England Welcome

April 16, 2018

President Thomas LeBlanc shared university priorities with GW community members in Boston.

Power & Promise Brings Students and Supporters Together

April 16, 2018

President LeBlanc’s own story is one in which financial aid played a substantial role, he told attendees. 

Strategic Initiatives Website Launches

April 09, 2018

The site provides new information about the university’s five strategic initiatives and brings them under the theme “Together, We Raise High.”

Resilience, Belief in Change Crucial for Racial Progress

April 05, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc emphasized in opening remarks that GW’s excellence “relies wholly on the ability of all of us to work together.”

New Residence Hall, Academic Priorities to Be Funded with Bond Issue

April 02, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc explains how the bond issue will enhance the student experience.

President LeBlanc Builds on Computer Science Skills

April 02, 2018

President LeBlanc spoke with students about his path from computer science student to university leader.

President LeBlanc Speaks to First-Generation Students

March 26, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc discussed the value of taking chances and taking advantage of opportunities.

GW Surprises D.C. High School Students with Free Education

March 08, 2018

Now in its 29th year, the SJT Scholarship Program gifts tuition, room, board, books and fees to exceptional students.

National Academy of Sciences President Marcia McNutt Will Deliver GW Commencement Address

March 05, 2018

Three-time Olympic medalist and GW alumna Elana Meyers Taylor will be awarded an honorary degree.

Town Hall on Race to Be Held Feb. 27

February 22, 2018

Event is one of several steps President Thomas LeBlanc said the university would take after an offensive social media post.

Mark Diaz Named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

February 22, 2018

Former University of Miami budget and planning leader to join GW on Aug. 1.

Senior Class Gift Challenge

February 12, 2018

This year, President LeBlanc will donate $1,000 to new student space on campus for every 1 percent of the senior class that makes a recurring gift.

University to Introduce New Dining Plan, Library Gift Opt-In Beginning Fall 2018

February 09, 2018

GW President Thomas LeBlanc said the changes are intended to improve the undergraduate student experience.

President Addresses Social Media Post, Updates on Strategic Initiatives

February 09, 2018

University and student leaders stress the importance of steps to foster diversity and inclusion.

Message from President LeBlanc

February 07, 2018

Mandatory diversity training for all incoming students among steps university will take in response to offensive social media post.

From the Washington Post: GW's new president chews over the challenges ahead

January 24, 2018

The Washington Post spent a day with Dr. LeBlanc, learning about his background and the university's priorities. 

Presidential Community Welcome Series Launches in Philadelphia

January 22, 2018

President Thomas LeBlanc will travel around the United States to meet with members of the GW community and share his vision for GW.

Faculty Senate Opens Conversation on Enterprise Resource Planning

January 16, 2018

At the meeting, Dr. LeBlanc encouraged faculty members to try a thought experiment: If given $1 billion to move GW forward, where would they spend it?

GW Community Reaches out for MLK Jr. Day of Service

January 16, 2018

GW President Thomas LeBlanc welcomed participants at Lisner, encouraging them to continue working to improve lives.

Welcome Back Message from President LeBlanc

January 16, 2018

Dr. LeBlanc thanks university community for feedback, notes start of progress on key priorities.

Photos: Foggy Bottom Holiday Party 2017

December 15, 2017

The annual event celebrated faculty and staff contributions to GW.

Photos: 2017 VSTC Holiday Party

December 15, 2017

Celebration brings semester to a close with festive music, delicious food, GW swag giveaways and a time to reflect on the year past.

Top 10 Stories of the Fall 2017 Semester

December 11, 2017

The arrival of Thomas LeBlanc, changes to DACA and Title IX, and research coverage ranked among GW Today’s most-read pieces this semester.

Faculty Senate Hears Law School Update

December 11, 2017

President Thomas LeBlanc also provided an update on his five priorities.

GW Holiday Video 2017

December 11, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc and Mrs. LeBlanc make an appearance in the GW holiday video.

Michael Keidar Installed as A. James Clark Professor of Engineering

December 01, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc said he was “delighted to continue this tradition” with Dr. Keidar, whose accomplishments make GW proud.

GWI Report: Women, Girls in South Sudan Face Staggering Rates of Violence

December 01, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc said GWI has bridged research, education and action to advance gender equality and reduce violence and discrimination against women and girls.

New Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Named

December 01, 2017

Donna Arbide, a University of Miami official with more than 30 years of experience in the field, will join GW in March.

Brandon Kohrt Installed as Charles and Sonia Akman Professor in Global Psychiatry

November 28, 2017

George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc spoke about the tradition and importance of endowed professorships, adding that Dr. Kohrt “is a worthy recipient of this great honor.”

In Photos: GW Celebrates President LeBlanc's Inauguration

November 15, 2017

Students, faculty, staff and guests came together to commemorate the university's 17th president.

President LeBlanc to Alumni: Give Students ‘An Opportunity’

November 15, 2017

George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc spoke about his goals for the university during a town hall livestreamed on Facebook.

President LeBlanc Rallies University around Shared Purpose: ‘We Will Choose to Lead’

November 13, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc delivered an inaugural address that was part reflection on a historic institution, part aspiration for what the university community will achieve.

GW Honors Veterans

November 10, 2017

University community members, including George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc, attend wreath-laying ceremony Friday on Kogan Plaza.

Anne LeBlanc Settles into Foggy Bottom

November 06, 2017

The wife of Dr. LeBlanc says her time at GW will be informed by her history as a first-generation college student and her husband’s priority to improve the student experience.

GW Presidential Inauguration Website Is Launched

November 01, 2017

The site for the inauguration of Thomas LeBlanc as George Washington University’s 17th president offers information on events, tips for travelers coming to D.C.

University Will Honor Tradition with Inauguration Celebration

October 30, 2017

The event will formally install GW’s 17th President Thomas J. LeBlanc.

GW President Discusses Comprehensiveness, Diversity at Faculty Assembly

October 30, 2017

President Thomas LeBlanc reiterated his administrative priorities and emphasized the importance of “scholarship in all its forms.”

President LeBlanc Honors Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award

October 30, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc said in opening remarks that although he has only been at GW a few months, he already has been impressed by its students and alumni.

President LeBlanc Addresses Board of Trustees

October 23, 2017

This year, all board committees and task forces also provided reports during the regular session.

‘Sense of Innovation’ Unites Virginia Science and Technology Campus

October 16, 2017

George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc held a community meeting with faculty and staff.

Step Up for Prizes in 2017 GW Steps Challenge

October 09, 2017

Two-week fitness challenge offers Apple Watch, lunch and bragging rights to individuals and teams in GW community who log the most steps.

President Holds Community Meeting on Mount Vernon Campus

October 09, 2017

Thomas LeBlanc emphasizes need to integrate experiences between multiple campuses.

President LeBlanc to Hold Mount Vernon, Virginia Campus Meetings

October 01, 2017

Series of meetings continues after three held on Foggy Bottom Campus in September.

Leaders Discuss Jobs, Education at Capital Region Business Forum

September 27, 2017

George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc moderated the event featuring D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin.

Message from GW President Thomas LeBlanc on Title IX

September 25, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc addresses Title IX guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education. 

President LeBlanc Introduction, 2100 Penn Development Highlight Neighborhood Meeting

September 21, 2017

Neighborhood amenities will be offered as part of the redevelopment project.

President LeBlanc Addresses Faculty Senate

September 11, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc outlined five areas of focus during the first meeting of the 2017-18 Faculty Senate.

GW Honors Alumni Lost on 9/11

September 11, 2017

Nine GW alumni were killed during terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The university community paused Monday to mourn and celebrate their lives.

Day of Service Deepens GW Connection with Community

September 11, 2017

At official freshman Convocation and day of welcome, GW students, faculty and staff put in work at 40 sites around Washington, D.C.

Presidential Community Meetings Lay Out Administrative Priorities

September 11, 2017

Institutional culture, undergraduate experience, research and fundraising are among President LeBlanc’s areas of focus.

Getting to Know President LeBlanc

September 11, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc on his nickname, time travel, hobbies, food, music and the question—dog or cat?

LeBlancs Meet GW Neighbors

September 06, 2017

President Thomas LeBlanc told a group of local community members that GW is committed to being a good neighbor.

GW Monitoring DACA Change, Offering Students Support

September 05, 2017

Ability to admit students without regard to origin, ethnicity or proof of residency status makes GW a “better institution,” says President LeBlanc.

President LeBlanc to Hold Series of GW Community Meetings

September 05, 2017

The first three will take place this week on the Foggy Bottom Campus at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday.

Graduate Students Get Official Welcome to GW

August 28, 2017

Ceremony introduces new post-baccalaureate Colonials to administrators—including President Thomas LeBlanc—faculty and colleagues.

GW Welcomes New Students on Move-In Day

August 27, 2017

Colonials marked the start of the academic year with lemonade with the LeBlancs at F Street House and the annual First Night celebration.

Photos: Proud to Be GW at the VSTC

August 24, 2017

The George Washington University's Virginia Science and Technology Campus welcomed President Thomas LeBlanc to the campus's Proud to Be GW celebration on Tuesday outside of Enterprise Hall.

Photos: Men's Basketball Holds First Alumni Weekend

August 14, 2017

Colonials from seven decades met the LeBlancs and joined the weekend celebration at the Charles E. Smith Center.

Thomas LeBlanc Joins GW Staff at Proud to Be GW Festival

August 14, 2017

Annual employee celebration gave staffers an opportunity to meet the new university president.

President LeBlanc Addresses Violence in Charlottesville

August 14, 2017

In message to the university community, Dr. LeBlanc says, "we must condemn acts of racism and hate."

Video: The LeBlancs Greet the GW Community

August 07, 2017

President Thomas LeBlanc and his wife, Anne, thank the George Washington University community for a warm welcome and say they look forward to the upcoming academic year.

Photos: GW Welcomes President Thomas LeBlanc to Campus

August 07, 2017

More than 100 GW community members gathered to greet President Thomas LeBlanc on his first day.

Ethical Research Is a Shared Responsibility

August 07, 2017

George Washington President Thomas LeBlanc opens a three-day conference on scientific integrity and knowledge sharing.

A Welcome Message from President LeBlanc

August 01, 2017

GW's 17th president thanks community for warm welcome and says he looks forward to new academic year.

LeBlanc Marks First Day as GW President

August 01, 2017

The coming weeks will include meetings and events with members of the university community as Thomas LeBlanc and his wife, Anne, settle into their new home on campus.

President LeBlanc Announces Staff Appointments

August 01, 2017

Names Aristide Collins chief of staff and Betty Freyre director of administration for president’s office.

Five Takeaways from a Session with Thomas LeBlanc

February 13, 2017

GW’s incoming president talks about his preparation for the job, GW’s strong points and other issues.

Thomas LeBlanc, 17th GW President: ‘There Is a Special Opportunity Here’

January 09, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc addressed members of the university community on Friday, saying that leading GW will be a great honor, challenge and "incredibly exciting adventure."

Thomas LeBlanc Named 17th President of the George Washington University

January 06, 2017

Dr. LeBlanc brings extensive experience in academic leadership, innovation and budgetary management.

Faculty Senate Hears Update on Presidential Search

November 14, 2016

Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Carbonell said the search committee continues to receive nominations.

Presidential Search, New University Website Headline Board Meeting

October 22, 2016

More than 100 candidates have been nominated for university president.

Board Finalizes Presidential Profile

October 10, 2016

After a series of community town halls, the Board of Trustees has developed its profile for the next university leader.

University Community Provides Feedback in Presidential Search Town Halls

September 15, 2016

Board of Trustees hosts 11 town halls to hear from students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Faculty Elect Committee to Provide Input on Presidential Search

September 12, 2016

Faculty Consultative Committee to include 16 faculty members, including non-tenure track and specialized faculty.

Board of Trustees to Host Presidential Search Town Halls

September 06, 2016

Forums for students, faculty, staff and alumni will be held on campus the week of Sept 12.

Executive Search Firm Announced

August 18, 2016

Executive search firm Isaacson, Miller has been selected to assist in the university's search for its 17th president.

Presidential Search Launched

June 30, 2016

Trustee Madeleine Jacobs will chair the 19-member group tasked with identifying candidates to be the university’s next leader.

George Washington President Steven Knapp Announces Final Year

June 07, 2016

Dr. Knapp to complete 10 years of service to the university.