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Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc

Senior Advisor, Education


Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc is a Senior Advisor in the Education Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.

Dr. LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU).  Under the 13 years of Paul's direction, SNHU has grown from 2500 students to over 80,000, is the second largest non-profit 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 US Department of Education.

In 2012, the university was #12 on Fast Company magazine's "World's Fifty Most Innovative Companies" list and was the only university included.  Paul won the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Forbes Magazine has listed him 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.

He most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor to Under Secretary Ted Mitchell at the US Department of Education, working on competency-based education, new accreditation pathways, and innovation.  Previously, he directed a technology start up for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company, and was President of Marlboro College.

LeBlanc holds a B.A. from Framingham State University, MA from Boston College, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts.  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).

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