Todd J. Leach

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Dr. Todd J. Leach

Todd J. Leach is an American administrator and the Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, which consists of University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College.

Prior to serving as Chancellor, he was president of Granite State College where he grew the college over 30% in three years and led the college to a national ranking of 27 for online programs by US News and World Reports,[1] as well as a ranking of 2nd in the nation on Washington Monthly Metric of Social Mobility.[2]

Leach also serves on the USNH Board of Trustees and as a commissioner for the State of New Hampshire Post-Secondary Education Commission.

Early life and education[edit]

Todd J. Leach graduated from Mass Bay Community College with an associate's degree. He continued on to Worcester State College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1983. Leach then attended Bentley University, where he earned his Master of Business Administration and graduated in the top ten of his MBA class in 1985.[citation needed] Focusing on the changing competitive and political environment of higher education, Leach earned his PhD from Northeastern University in 2008.[citation needed]


Leach began his career in academics as an associate professor at Lasell College from 1986 until 1996, where he served as the director of business programs and the director of the Yamawaki Program. In addition to his duties as director, he also served as chair of the faculty and chair of the curriculum committee.

From 1996 until 2007, Leach served in progressively higher-level leadership roles at Northeastern University, including Senior Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the College of Professional Studies. While overseeing both graduate and undergraduate offerings and leading the development and implementation of more than twenty masters and doctorate degree programs, Leach oversaw Northeastern Online[3] and served as executive director of Northeastern University's School of Education graduate programs.

In addition, Leach has designed curriculum for international programs in Australia and Singapore; served on numerous academic committees, including Northeastern's Graduate Council and undergraduate programs committee; has been quoted in regional and national publications; presented on topics in higher education at many national and international conferences; and was an opening panelist for the 2011 Summit on the Future of Online Learning.

Granite State College[edit]

Leach became the fourth president of Granite State College on July 1, 2010.[4] Under his leadership, Granite State College has begun launching a variety of exciting initiatives, aimed at advancing the College's mission and fueling growth. Among these initiatives are the development of Granite State College's first-ever Master's degree programs[5] and the creation of the Office of Graduate Studies.[6] As a result, Granite State College has achieved the highest enrollments in its history, and became the fastest growing public four-year college in New England.[citation needed]

On January 5, 2011, Leach spoke about education and his career in academia at the 34th annual New Hampshire Student Intern Reception, hosted by state representative Raymond S. Burton.[7]

Awards and achievements[edit]


  1. ^ "Granite State College - About Granite State College » News & Announcements »". Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Granite State College - About Granite State College » News & Announcements »". Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Adult Students Inspire Curricular Innovation". November 3, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ "New president named for NH's Granite State College". April 8, 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Master's Degree Programs". Granite State College. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Molloy, Kathe (November 3, 2010). "The Claremont Connection". The Compass. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  7. ^ PlymouthStateAlumni (3 March 2011). "New Hampshire Student Intern Reception l Ray Burton". Retrieved 11 July 2016 – via YouTube. 
  8. ^ "Granite State College President Receives Prestigious Leadership Award". Granite State College. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 

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