Thomas LeBlanc Named 17th President of the George Washington University

Nelson Carbonell sent this note to the GW alumni community on Friday, January 6, 2017:

I am excited to share with you that Thomas J. LeBlanc has been elected the 17th President of the George Washington University.

Dr. LeBlanc is currently executive vice president and provost of the University of Miami.

We are looking forward to the leadership Dr. LeBlanc will bring to the university when he begins on August 1.

Read more about Dr. LeBlanc in GW Today


Nelson Carbonell, Jr., BS ’85
Chairman, George Washington University Board of Trustees

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Thomas LeBlanc
GW’s 17th President Thomas J. LeBlanc

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Congratulations, President LaBlanc! Please make your 1st task to clean-up the GWSB specifically the F. David Fowler Career Center. This department has a revolving door of employees, career consultants who represent other universities and one employee who uses the department to recruit employers for his own recruitment firm on university time. Career Fairs are mostly Government Agencies, obscure consulting agencies and MACY’S. Just where I want to work after spending 100k for my MBA – a department store. The conflict of interest within this department is threatening the very mission of this center – “building strategic partnerships among students, alumni, and employers that result in successful, fulfilling careers for our students.” NOT STUDENTS AT GT OR TO FIND YOUR CLIENT A JOB AT THE EXPENSE OF GWU STUDENTS AND OUR EMPLOYER RELATIONSHIPS. If you can have your staff look at this I think you’ll find this center is dysfunctional and has left a few recents graduates disgruntled and without jobs at graduation. Thank you for hearing us and each of us wish you all the success.

Mark, glad we were able to connect regarding your comment and next steps in terms of sharing this information. I was also pleased to hear that you have landed a good position.
We of course want students to have the best possible experiences and outcomes with career services. And we appreciate the alumni volunteers and donors play a critical role in helping build the Colonial career network, by hiring GW students/alumni, joining an Alumni Industry Networks, or becoming a member of the GW Alumni LinkedIn group (
Matt Lindsay

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