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Dr. Todd Leach

 Dr. Todd Leach        

“It is because of my experience at MassBay that I realized college work was achievable.” 

When Todd Leach first came to MassBay in 1978, he wasn’t sure he was ready for college.  In fact, he says, he never originally intended to go to college at all.  However, since his first college experience at MassBay, he has gone on to earn his Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and a Ph.D. It seems safe to say he was ready and able!  Today, Dr. Leach is President of Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire.  


“What MassBay did for me,” says President Leach, “was to show me that I could actually do college work.  It is because of my experience at MassBay that I realized college work was achievable.”


However, all was not smooth when he came to campus at a friend’s suggestion in 1978 to take his first college-level class, an evening accounting course.  “It got to the end of the course,” he recalls, “and we were going into the final exam.  My friend and I thought there was a study week leading up to the exam, so we spent that week cruising around in his GTO.  But there is no study week for evening students.”


The experience, he says, taught him three things, “Number one, keep your own calendar.  Number two, GTOs are pretty fast cars.  Number three, college work was something I was fully capable of.”


His experience at MassBay also “introduced me to the concept of driving your own future,” he says.  “There were lots of different paths and options to choose from.  And there was really a strong community feeling to (MassBay).”


After graduating with high honors with an Associate in Science Degree in General Business, Dr. Leach transferred his credits to a Bachelor’s program at Worcester State.   He next went on to Bentley University for his M.B.A.  He decided he was interested in teaching, so he taught part-time classes at MassBay and at Newberry College, before taking a faculty position at Lasell College, which he held for 10 years.  He left Lasell for a senior administrative post at Northeastern, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society.  He began his tenure as President of Granite State July 1, 2010.


With nine locations throughout New Hampshire, Granite State College offers Associate and Bachelor Degrees.  In 2011, for the first time in its history, under the leadership of Dr. Leach, the College is now offering its first Master’s Degree program in Project Management.


“I’ve really hit the ground running here (at Granite State),” says Dr. Leach, who noted that applications have increased by more than 40 percent during the first year of his presidency.  “Our College’s mission is similar to MassBay’s, which is to focus on access.  Access to higher education is more important than ever before.”


Dr. Leach encourages MassBay students and graduates “not to limit yourselves.  When I was at MassBay, it was a common feeling that we may be doing well at MassBay, but will it really prepare me for the Baccalaureate level?  For me, it certainly did.  MassBay prepared me for that progression.”


Dr. Todd Leach graduated from MassBay with an Associate Degree in General Business.  He was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award at Commencement in 2011.  He is the President of Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire.