Board of Trustees Approves Resolution of Appreciation for President Thomas LeBlanc

The board also heard updates from student, faculty and alumni leadership during its October meeting.

Board of Trustees October meeting
Board of Trustees Chair Grace Speights, J.D. ’82, (right) recognizes President Thomas LeBlanc’s achievements and service to GW. (William Atkins/ GW Today)
October 05, 2021

The Board of Trustees recognized President Thomas LeBlanc’s achievements and service to GW during its fall meeting Tuesday, approving a resolution in his honor and awarding him the status of president emeritus at the conclusion of his term.

Board of Trustees Chair Grace Speights, J.D. ’82, noted Dr. LeBlanc’s leadership through the pandemic and celebration of the university’s bicentennial as well as his commitment to the medical enterprise, student experience, alumni engagement and student aid, among other accomplishments. 

“We were fortunate to have your steady leadership throughout such tumultuous times,” Ms. Speights said, later adding, “the Board of Trustees appreciates all you have done for GW.”

In her welcome remarks, Ms. Speights also recognized and thanked the GW community for “persevering through the unprecedented circumstances” of the pandemic, adhering to health and safety protocols, and for planning and attending Commencement and other Centuries Celebration Weekend events. 

President’s report
Dr. LeBlanc joined Ms. Speights in expressing gratitude to the many members of the university community who planned and joined events for the bicentennial culmination, which he said was a “great success.” Tens of thousands of guests attended events such as the special Commencement on the Mall for the classes of 2020 and 2021, the Monumental Alumni Awards Dinner and the Bicentennial Bash.

The fall semester has been going well, Dr. LeBlanc reported, and many are excited to be on campus. Adherence to the university’s vaccination, masking and testing requirements has been strong, he added.

Dr. LeBlanc also thanked the Board and the entire GW community for its commitment to GW and support, particularly through the pandemic.

“It’s been a privilege to be a part of this special community, and I look forward to working with you over the next few months and to support a smooth transition at the end of the year,” he said.

Dr. LeBlanc also led a moment of silence in honor of GW friend Albert H. Small, who passed away recently.

“He was a wonderful, wonderful man, a huge supporter of our university,” Dr. LeBlanc said. “We are deeply sorry about his passing and want to share our condolences with his family.”

Other business

  • Ms. Speights said the board plans to launch a shared governance task force in full consultation and partnership with the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and remains committed to strengthening shared governance and collaborative planning.
  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee Chair Arthur Wilson said he looks forward to continued discussions about shared governance and the faculty’s participation in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
  • GW Alumni Association President Christine Brown-Quinn, M.B.A. '92, said the GWAA continues efforts to increase engagement and the donor count and enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • SA President Brandon Hill said he looks forward this year to efforts to enhance the student experience and promote accessibility and affordability.
  • The Board of Trustees is soliciting applications for candidates for the Recent Alumni Trustee position. This individual will serve one four-year term from June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2026. More details about information sessions this week and the application process is available on the board website.

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