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Patrick Leahy, Ed.D., was named the sixth president of Wilkes University on March 12, 2012. Prior to his appointment at Wilkes, he served as the executive vice president at The University of Scranton, where he worked from 2004 to 2012.

As executive vice president, he led key components of the university’s five-year strategic plan, including: development, government relations, undergraduate and graduate admissions, intercollegiate athletics, planning, and information technology. Previously, he served the University of Scranton as vice president for university relations, responsible for all of the university’s resource generating activities, including development, the capital campaign, the President’s Business Council, and government relations. During his tenure as vice president for university relations, Leahy led the successful completion of the university’s $125 million “Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign.” He joined The University of Scranton community as executive assistant to the president, assisting the president with special projects and managing the university’s government and community relations activities. 

Since 2006, Leahy has taught as an adjunct professor in the University’s Business Leadership Honors Program in the university’s Kania School of Management. 

Prior to joining The University of Scranton, Dr. Leahy was co-founder and president of The Business Affairs Forum, a 15,000-member distance learning community based in Ithaca, NY. He has worked as an investment officer at Allied Capital Corporation, as an account executive at Deluxe Corp., and as a development officer at Georgetown University. 

Leahy holds a doctor of education degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a dual master’s degree from Cornell University in Business Administration and Labor Relations, where he was a Fried Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Georgetown University. 




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