George Washington University Picks New President

Replaces Interim Who Took Over When Predecessor Was Forced Out
WASHINGTON - Jan. 11, 2023 - PRLog -- George Washington University has selected a new president to replace interim President Mark S. Wrighton who stepped in when his predecessor, Thomas LeBlanc, was forced out.

As reported at the time in the student newspaper, THE HATCHET:

After a tumultuous four years, Thomas LeBlanc's tenure at George Washington University ended quietly last month.

LeBlanc, who won praise for the school's response to the coronavirus ( and for ushering GWU into its third century, also faced widespread criticism ( of his leadership style, allegations of racism and calls for his resignation during his tenure at the largest university in the District.

After several rocky months, the former president announced last spring that he would retire at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. Months later, however, school officials said he would leave sooner than expected. Mark Wrighton, the former chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, was installed Saturday as GWU's interim leader.

LeBlanc, appointed in 2017, served the shortest term of any GWU president in the past half-century.

The formal announcement will be made this afternoon beginning at about 1:30PM, and will be live streamed at (   @profbanzhaf

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