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Wilkes President To Step Down In July

December 14, 2018

Patrick F. Leahy will step down as president of Wilkes University on July 31 and will become president at Monmouth University in New Jersey.

Dan Cardell, chairman of the Wilkes University Board of Trustees, made the announcement Friday in a statement emailed to the Wilkes community.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve Wilkes University for the past seven years,” Leahy said in a written statement. “This is not a decision my family and I made lightly, mainly due to the wonderful relationships we have established in and around Wilkes-Barre and the Wilkes community. I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished at Wilkes over the past several years and I look forward to continuing this exciting progress in the coming months.”

Leahy has led the university through a variety of milestones during his tenure, such asnthe introduction of 20 new academic programs, including the undergraduate honors program and enrollment growth in online master’s programs and doctoral degrees, including the introduction of the university’s first Ph.D. program.

Leahy also has been instrumental in over $100 million in campus enhancements, including the construction of the university’s signature Campus Gateway Project.  

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