"It gives me great pleasure to offer my congratulations and support on your upcoming installation as the 6th president of Wilkes University.

Your invaluable experience in higher education has put you in a position to offer unparalleled knowledge, skill and expertise in your role as president. Your ability to successfully plan and execute numerous, substantial projects and campaigns and extensive community involvement exemplifies an extraordinary caliber of character. You have rightfully become a respected leader and have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to higher education.

Your term as president of Wilkes University will mark the beginning of a new era for this distinguished institution as it works to meet new challenges and prepare its students for opportunities of tomorrow. I am encouraged by your commitment to the University’s time-honored traditions and your unique vision for its future. I look forward to working with you to better serve our students, the Wilkes Community and to lay the foundation for Pennsylvania’s future success.

As Governor and on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I warmly welcome your leadership as the 6th president of Wilkes University. I extend my best wishes for great success as you conquer the challenges of the coming years."

Tom Corbett
Pennsylvania Governor

"I congratulate Wilkes on the selection of Dr. Patrick Leahy as the University's sixth president. I'm sure he will continue to foster the excellent reputation the University has as a regional leader in education, research and community service. I look forward to working with Dr. Leahy on projects that help to improve the University and our region.

I also want to thank Dr. Tim Gilmour for his leadership and friendship during his presidency and wish him the best in the future."

Sen. John T. Yudichak
Pennsylvania State Senate, District 14

"I congratulate Dr. Patrick Leahy as the new president of Wilkes University and welcome him to the city of Wilkes-Barre. Wilkes is an integral part of the city and has played a pivotal role in the revitalization of Wilkes-Barre. I look forward to working with Dr. Leahy in the coming years to build upon our successful partnerships of the past and pursue new avenues that will better both of our communities."

Mayor Thomas M. Leighton
City of Wilkes-Barre

"I congratulate Patrick Leahy for his selection as the new president of Wilkes University. As the executive vice president at the University of Scranton, he has already cultivated many strong relationships in our community. His achievements and collaborative style will help build on the excellent foundation developed by retiring President Tim Gilmour and implement the university’s ambitious strategic plan.

Leahy has demonstrated that he is a visionary leader and an outstanding fundraiser which is a critical component for the future success of Wilkes University. I look forward to working with President Leahy to explore opportunities for state government to support the university and its students."

Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski
Pennsylvania State Representative, 121st District

"There is certainly a sense of excitement and confidence awaiting Patrick Leahy, both at Wilkes University and across our broader community.

It says something positive about our region when a nationwide search finds top talent right here in our neighborhood.

Leahy comes as a five-tool player in terms of qualifications for academic leadership – administrator, instructor, fundraiser, businessman, visionary.  He will not have to spend time learning about the area or the possibilities for higher learning.

This is the best kind of transition, when a rising star replaces a proven veteran.

As we express our gratitude for the capable and forward-looking leadership Tim Gilmour provided, we anticipate that the trajectory will continue upwards, with the addition of the science building and other campus improvements underway, and the initiatives Patrick Leahy will launch."

Senator Lisa Baker
20th Senatorial District

"It gives me great pleasure to extend to you my warmest congratulations to Patrick Leahy on his recent appointment as President of Wilkes University. The entire Wilkes community and its alumni are fortunate to have him at the helm. He will be an exceptional President at Wilkes.

His knowledge, skills and experience will enable him to properly meet all the challenges that lie ahead. His leadership will be a driving force to shape the future of a vitally important and distinguished institution of higher learning in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I know he will inspire students in a very special way as they grow and learn and as they enrich and sustain the wonderful legacy of Wilkes University and its mission."

John P. Blake
Senate of Pennsylvania
22nd District

"Congratulations on your recent appointment to the Presidency of Wilkes University. County Council, along with Luzerne County Departments and Agencies, wish you success in your new role as President of this outstanding academic community.

Wilkes University has maintained  a tradition of providing exceptional educational experiences for students and providing them with a commitment to outstanding academic excellence and scholarship. The University has also played a major role in our community by communicating effectively and regularly with Luzerne County Government and community representatives.

As the Legislative Branch of Luzerne County, we look forward to working with you as you continue to perpetuate the University's commitment to scholarship and intellectual excellence in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs."

James Bobeck, Esquire
Chairman, Luzerne County Council

"What is Lackawanna’s loss is Luzerne’s gain.  Dr Leahy is an extremely talented individual who will connect with the students and the community to continue the tradition of excellence at Wilkes.  Congratulations Patrick and don’t forget your roots in Lackawanna county."

Jim Wansacz, Chairman,
Lackawanna County Board of Commissioners

“On behalf of The University of Scranton community, I want to thank Pat for all that he has accomplished to advance and sustain the mission and vision of the University. I applaud Wilkes on its selection and congratulate him on this well deserved achievement. I also look forward to welcoming him as a colleague when he assumes his new responsibilities in July.”

Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.,
President of The University of Scranton

"I write to congratulate Patrick Leahy on his appointment as President of Wilkes University. His experience and abilities will serve you well. Wilkes has made an excellent choice.

Northeastern Pennsylvania colleges and universities work closely together. The five colleges and universities that make up the Council of Presidents (COPS) have enjoyed a special relationship for many years. I know that Dr. Leahy will be an important part of this cooperative effort."

Michael A. MacDowell
President, Misericordia University

"Dr. Patrick Leahy served on the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Pocono Northeast Advisory Board for three years, and provided our organization with deep insight and cogent advice. He clearly understands our community, and how Ben Franklin supports our technology-based entrepreneurs and established manufacturers. His good judgment and vision will serve him well in his new role as leader of Wilkes University. As Dr. Leahy begins his tenure as president, we at Ben Franklin look forward to continuing to partner with Wilkes to support the talented people and the companies that fuel our region’s economy."

Kenneth G. Okrepkie
Regional Manager-Pocono Northeast Region

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania


"Congratulations from the entire King's College community on the occasion of your appointment as the sixth President of Wilkes University. My fondness for Wilkes has roots from my days as a Wilkes undergraduate student where I majored in accounting. In particular, Professor and third President of Wilkes, Robert Capin had a significant influence on my formation as scholar, professional and citizen. May you continue and build on a great Wilkes legacy."

Rev. John Ryan ’71, C.S.C., Ph.D.
King's College

"It's truly wonderful news for northeastern Pennsylvania that Pat Leahy, a proven, accomplished educator at one of our leading universities will preside at another of our leading universities.  The whole of our higher education infrastructure working as one is strengthened as our parts work together. Pat's intimate knowledge of our institutions and our region will facilitate joint efforts that will ensure a successful future for northeastern Pennsylvania's economy and people.  

 Austin J. Burke, President,
Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce

"I worked with Pat when he served on AICUP's Economic Development Committee, and I am absolutely delighted to hear of his selection as the next president of Wilkes University. Pat's extensive experience will prove invaluable for his duties as president of Wilkes University. I know he will be a tremendous leader for Wilkes and for the Wilkes-Barre community at large.  Congratulations!"

Don Francis, President,
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)



Dr., Mrs. Leahy and family,

Welcome to Wilkes! May your time at our great institution be as memorable a time, as those that my classmates and I share. My wish is that you will look back with equal fondness for the many friendships, you will undoubtedly make on this journey - professionally and personally, as a family. Again, welcome and we look forward to meeting you at alumni events in the future.

Michael T. Beachem,
IV President - Class of 1998



Dear President Leahy,

Congratulations on your ascendancy as Wilkes' Sixth President. Because of a work situation that involves a physical relocation from my current office location, I am unable to visit Wilkes-Barre, and watch your installation. I wish you good luck as you take the reins of management, and lead our alma mater into the future.

        Shepard C. Willner, BA
Class of 1980


Dear President Leahy,

How I wish I could celebrate with you and the Wilkes University community on the 15th, but unfortunately I will be "moving the mission forward" with the Father & Son Retreat at Chapman Lake Retreat Center. Be assured of my prayers for you on September 15th and during the coming year. God bless you in your new ministry!

 Brian Pelcin
The University of Scranton


Dear Pat,

I am sorry that Eva and I will miss your installation ceremony. Scott will be a excellent keynote speaker. It will be a great day. Congratulations and good luck with your new challenge.

 David Christiansen
Forest City


Sorry I cannot be present at the dawn of a new day for Wilkes. I am confident that the continued march of the University towards excellence and prominence is in good hands under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Leahy. I am looking forward to meeting Dr. Leahy at Homecoming and welcoming him our Wilkes community. 

 Sandy Piccone

Dr. Leahy aka Patrick, what a fantastic opportunity for you, your family, the students & facility of Wilkes University. Your experience and preparation have positioned you well for success in leading the University onward in the twenty first century. The vision of a great small university will resonate with all members of the Wilkes University community. Stay true to your vision, lead with conviction and build extraordinary success with your endearing personality. Best wishes today & tomorrow... we are all very proud of your rising star! 

 Robert Leahy
Brother of Dr. Patrick F. Leahy