Dana Bradley speaking at a podium; John Lach speaking at a podium; President LeBlanc smiling with two 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


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

Grace Speights

Board of trustees chair Grace Speights


Meet Our Provost

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, M. Brian Blake



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

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

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GW’s Strategic Plan: Path to Preeminence

The university is undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a plan that will provide the detailed direction for GW’s transformation over the next five years, focusing on quality within four pillars that drive excellence in higher education:

• World-Class Faculty
• High-Quality Undergraduate Education
• Distinguished and Distinctive Graduate Education
• High-Impact Research 

All members of the university community are encouraged to participate in the process and share their ideas for moving GW forward.

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GW; Together, We Raise High!

Strategic Initiatives

The continued progress of the university’s five strategic initiatives provides the strong foundation from which GW is building its new strategic plan.

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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.

Donna Arbide

Donna Arbide

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

Sarah Baldassaro

Sarah Baldassaro 

Interim Vice President for Communications and Marketing

Barbara Bass

Barbara L. Bass

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


Scott Burnotes

Scott Burnotes

Vice President, Division of Safety and Facilities

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.

John Lach, Dean of SEAS

John Lach

School of Engineering & Applied Science





Other University Leadership


Jay Goff

Jay Goff

Vice Provost for Enrollment and Student Success







Student Leadership

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.