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Why Travel?

Posted on January 4, 2018

Growing up in a working-class family in Waltham, the only people in the neighborhood who traveled and had been outside the U.S. were the unlucky older brothers and cousins whose draft number had come up and were sent off to Vietnam. The closest thing to a vacation we ever had was a trip back across the […]

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2017: Our Best Year Yet

Posted on December 27, 2017

2017 was an incredible year at SNHU. Maybe our best yet. I am grateful for many things, but as we head into the holiday season, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some highlights from the year.   1. Our Students Always, always, we start with our students. As we say in our Mission […]

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Picking Good Fights and Playing in the Traffic: My Thoughts on Leadership

Posted on November 3, 2017

I’ve long read Adam Bryant’s “CEO Corner” piece in the NY Times, a weekly interview with CEOs reflecting on leadership and their own practices.  Last week, Bryant wrote the final column, a distillation of his favorite takeaways and reflections.  For those interested in leadership, it’s worth the read. I think about the topic quite often.  […]

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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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Board Meeting update from Palo Alto: A Foray into the Future

Posted on September 28, 2017

TheSNHU Board of Trustees sets aside one of its three annual meetings as a “learning meeting,” traveling somewhere to learn more about some aspect of the work we do. We did D.C. a couple of years ago, doing a deep dive into higher education policy. Earlier this year we met in Palo Alto, making a foray […]

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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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After Charlottesville

Posted on August 16, 2017

MEMO To:                          SNHU Community From:                     Paul LeBlanc Date:                     August 16, 2017 Subject:                In the Aftermath of Events in Charlottesville Like so many, I watched with outrage and near despair at the violence and hatred of those who marched on Charlottesville last weekend.  Those emotions were exacerbated by a lack of moral leadership and the false […]

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Father’s Day 2016

Posted on June 19, 2016

[Happy Father’s Day.  I wrote the post that follows below for a previous Father’s Day and then received more email in response than for any other post on my blog before or after.  People shared similar, lovely memories of their fathers.  My father passed away early on the morning of Father’s Day fourteen years ago, so […]

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A Muslim perspective on Orlando

Posted on June 13, 2016

The following statement is written by Mustafa Safiia, an SNHU staff member.  Mustafa is Syrian, has lost his country, and embodies all I prize in a colleague, a friend, and a fellow American.  He is incredibly hard working, rising at 4 AM to work on his PhD, before coming to work.  He is gracious, loyal, […]

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In the wake of Orlando, a message to campus

Posted on June 13, 2016

My message to the campus community in the wake of Orlando.   To our Faculty, Staff, and Students, I’m not often at a loss for words (as some of you like to teasingly remind me), but the events in Orlando this weekend are both heartbreaking and numbing.  Forty-nine of our fellow Americans dead, more than […]

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