President LeBlanc with Students


GW President Thomas LeBlanc

Thomas J. LeBlanc

17th President
The George Washington University

"I believe [higher education] is the strongest force for social mobility in the United States. And that’s what gets me up in the morning. Being a part of that."


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Board of Trustees

Grace Speights

Board of trustees chair Grace Speights

Overseen by the George Washington University Board of Trustees, our leadership team is committed to providing a unique and rigorous education to our students while creating a path of transformative growth to further solidify our position as one of the world’s premier research universities.

Led by chair Grace Speights, a 1982 alumna of GW Law, the board is responsible for our university's governance. The board plays a key role in:

  • determining how the university will meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead
  • overseeing fiscal, academic and physical operations
  • providing leadership for the GW strategic initiatives, which are designed to enhance academics and student life


A Vision for the Future

Vice Provost Forrest Maltzman meeting with students


The Office of the Provost supports all academic endeavors for GW’s schools and colleges and research.

Forrest Maltzman, Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, and his leadership team promote the efforts of our exceptional faculty and facilitate unparalleled educational and student life opportunities for our students.



GW; Together, We Raise High!



GW's Strategic Initiatives

Our five strategic initiatives will guide the university’s efforts over the next several years:

  • Student Experience
  • Research
  • Philanthropy & Constituent Engagement
  • Medical Enterprise
  • Institutional Culture

Learn More About the Strategic Initiatives 


Vice Presidents

Our vice presidents provide senior leadership and strategic vision for all aspects of GW life. They leverage extensive practical experience in their fields and help to shape our next century of growth. They’re supported by faculty and staff members, including support personnel.

Jeffrey Akman

Jeffrey Akman

Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Donna Arbide

Donna Arbide

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations


Mark Diaz

Mark Diaz

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Beth Nolan

Beth Nolan

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Cissy Petty

Cissy Petty

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students




The GW academic experience is firmly rooted in each of our schools and colleges. Each GW dean serves as the chief administrative officer for their school and works closely with the president and provost on all academic affairs, as well as department chairs within their schools. Deans ensure that each school can maintain their own distinct identity while working together to create a dynamic and interdisciplinary learning environment.

SEAS Dean John Lach

John Lach

School of Engineering & Applied Science





Other University Leadership


Ed Gillis

Ed Gillis

Interim Vice Provost for Enrollment Management





Student Leadership

SA President SJ Matthews


Student leaders take shape in many forms from members of the Student Association to captains of varsity athletics and student organization presidents. GW students don't just participate in campus life; they stimulate it and consistently make their mark.

All student leaders, regardless of their role, work to start a conversation and make progress on an issue or topic. This could mean speaking out against sexual assault as part of a national movement through the It’s On Us campaign or holding meetings with administrators to make plans for the future.

The current Student Association president is senior SJ Matthews.