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Patrick F. Leahy, Ed.D.

Patrick F. Leahy, Ed.D. began his tenure as the 10th president of Monmouth University on August 1, 2019.

President Leahy joined Monmouth University following a comprehensive national search.  He was unanimously selected by the Board of Trustees and other members of the presidential search committee following a successful seven-year term as president of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

At Wilkes, Leahy’s leadership was instrumental in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan that focused the university’s efforts and resources on teaching, research, and civic engagement.

The plan set the stage for key initiatives and accomplishments including the introduction of 20 new academic programs; strategic enrollment growth in online master’s programs and doctoral degrees, including the launch of the university’s first Ph.D. program; investments in faculty scholarship and research, resulting in the university’s first five patents; and innovative external partnerships that expanded the university’s reach and supported the local community.

He also led efforts to complete over $100 million in transformative campus enhancements, including the construction and renovation of five academic buildings to support learning in the arts, sciences, health care, and business. In order to enhance the student experience and strengthen undergraduate enrollment, Wilkes University launched seven new NCAA Division III athletic teams and the region’s only collegiate marching band.

Prior to his time at Wilkes, Leahy was a senior administrative leader at The University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 2004 to 2012. He first served as vice president of university relations, successfully completing a $129 million comprehensive capital campaign. He was then promoted to executive vice president, where he was responsible for development, government relations, undergraduate and graduate admission, intercollegiate athletics, planning, and information technology. Leahy also taught in the Business Leadership Honors Program.

Before moving to Scranton, Leahy was co-founder and president of the Business Affairs Forum, a 15,000-member distance learning community based in Ithaca, New York. He has also worked as an investment officer for Allied Capital Corporation, as an account executive at Deluxe Corporation, and as a development officer at Georgetown University.

A native of Towson, Maryland, Leahy holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Georgetown University and dual master’s degrees from Cornell University in business administration and labor relations. In 2009, he earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Leahy and his wife, Amy, have four children: Grace, Molly, Jack, and Brian.

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