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Steps to Offer Hope and Empowerment: A Message to the SNHU Community

Posted on June 1, 2020

MEMO To: SNHU Community From: Paul LeBlanc Date: June 1, 2020 Subject: Steps to Offer Hope and Empowerment I have written to you after other events that have shocked our collective conscience – white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, the shootings at the Pulse nightclub, the school shootings in Parkland. With each of those terrible incidents, we felt […]

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Smart, Curious, and Civil – Let’s Give It A Try

Posted on February 3, 2020

The political season has gone from warm to red hot as we move into the presidential primaries and then the general election. As always, New Hampshire is ground zero for much of the nation’s political drama, at least in the first act, though we share that space with the Iowa caucuses and the impeachment trial […]

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Our Single Most Important Fight

Posted on December 4, 2018

I’m back from my travels in New Zealand and Australia and while it was amazing and often gorgeous (and we saw lots of great wildlife), I was disheartened by the constant drumbeat of “But climate change is….” Then fill in the blank. Shrinking habitats and declining numbers of species, bleached coral reefs, forests dying off, […]

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Never Stop Learning: A Memo to the Campus Community

Posted on October 2, 2017

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen our society more politically divided, our national dialogue less civil, or our differences seemingly more stark and less tolerated.   Perhaps driven by the national election and the media on both sides of the political aisle, those tensions have seeped into every aspect of daily life.  Family gatherings have become […]

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A Moral Duty: Why SNHU is Expanding Refugee Education Across the Globe

Posted on September 28, 2017

  I write this blog while on a flight to Beirut, where I’ll meet our dynamic duo of Chrystina Russell and Nina Weaver, the fearless and passionate leaders of our effort to bring American college education to refugees around the world. We’re meeting with our partner in Lebanon, the American University of Beirut (seen as […]

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Attacking all Republicans?

Posted on October 1, 2014

A couple of readers of my blog objected to something I recently wrote.  The offending passage was: As our country becomes more Latino, we see institutional racism at work there too and particularly in the immigration debate. We now see some of the worst racist and xenophobic tendencies this country has ever exhibited, especially from […]

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Thoughts on a merger with NHIA

Posted on August 16, 2014

On Monday, I will be visiting the New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) as part of a town hall meeting in which members of the NHIA community will hear my thoughts on the proposed merger of SNHU and NHIA, ask questions, and share their concerns and thoughts.  It is a long overdue meeting.  In the […]

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Rethinking the House of Representatives

Posted on February 2, 2014

The House of Representatives is broken.  We all know that and while the People’s Chamber has always been a more rough and tumble forum than the once more dignified Senate, it has descended into a dysfunctional and toxic state of political paralysis.  It no longer does the work of governing and we might ask, “Would […]

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The ethos of our online academic team

Posted on January 3, 2014

Greg Fowler, the chief academic officer for the College of Online and Continuing Education, followed up on the Slate article and my blog post regarding it with an email to his academic team. It captures well our ethos.  And he manages to get Christian Laettner and Yevtushenko into the same memo.  I asked him to let […]

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Setting the record straight again (sigh)

Posted on January 3, 2014

Another story about SNHU appeared in a national media outlet today (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/education/2014/01/southern_new_hampshire_university_how_paul_leblanc_s_tiny_school_has_become.html) and while I’m always pleased to see our university get national attention, I am again (and a little wearily) philosophical about some reporters setting out to write the story they want, rather than the story they find.  In this case, Gabe Kahn employs […]

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