President of Southern New Hampshire University Wins 2018 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award

New York, March 12, 2018 – Today, the TIAA Institute announced that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) president Paul LeBlanc has received the 2018 Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education. The award recognizes a university president or chancellor who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities.
“As we celebrate TIAA Institute’s 20th Anniversary, we are proud to honor Paul LeBlanc, an innovator and committed leader who exemplifies that education can change the world and that we can all be better for it,” said Stephanie Bell-Rose, TIAA Senior Managing Director and Head of the TIAA Institute. “Under President LeBlanc’s leadership, SNHU is in a better position to provide its diverse student population with the necessary tools to build a successful future.”
As SNHU president for 14 years, President LeBlanc has grown the school from 2,500 students to more than 100,000 and has made it the second largest non-profit to provide online higher education in the nation. Additionally, President LeBlanc was named one of America’s Ten Most Innovative College Presidents by Washington Monthly, has received the New Hampshire State Merit Award from the New England Board of Higher Education, and won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the New Hampshire High Tech Council.
“I am humbled and honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire SNHU community,” said Dr. Paul J. LeBlanc. “I hope I can realize even a small part of what Rev. Hesburgh accomplished in terms of social justice and the role of higher education in making the world a better place.”
The American Council on Education (ACE) convenes an independent panel of judges to administer the Hesburgh Award on the TIAA Institute’s behalf. It was presented today at ACE2018, ACE’s 100th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in front of hundreds of leaders in higher education, including deans, presidents, and chancellors from a variety of colleges and universities across the country.
“It is a privilege for ACE to join the TIAA Institute in recognizing the achievements of visionary leaders like Paul J. LeBlanc who are never satisfied with the status quo and always looking around the corner for answers to some of higher education’s most vexing questions,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Paul’s work at Southern New Hampshire University has extended access to quality education from SNHU’s physical campus to tens of thousands of students around the world and sparked innovations that have led to greater opportunity and student success across the entire American higher education community.”
The Hesburgh award is named after former University of Notre Dame President Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, who passed away in 2015.

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About Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 85-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 100,000 students worldwide, SNHU offers over 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each student. Learn more at .

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