Paul LeBlanc

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Paul J. LeBlanc is president of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Under LeBlanc’s direction for 13 years, SNHU has grown from 2,500 students to more than 80,000, is the second largest nonprofit provider of online higher education in the country, and the first to have a full competency-based degree program untethered to the credit hour or classes approved by a regional accreditor and the U.S. Department of Education. Forbes Magazine has listed him as one of its 15 “Classroom Revolutionaries” and one of the “most influential people in higher education” for 2016. Washington Monthly named him one of America’s 10 most innovative university presidents. He most recently 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 also 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 Quality in Undergraduate Education committee.