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Paul LeBlanc, president and CEO of Southern New Hampshire College, reported Wednesday he options to stage down in June after additional than two decades in the part. 

LeBlanc is credited with transforming Southern New Hampshire from a little regional school with just a number of thousand learners to an on the internet behemoth with over 160,000 learners final drop. LeBlanc has also helped carry out an initiative to decreased in-particular person tuition rates.

“It has been the honor of a life span to be the president of SNHU for the previous 20 years,” LeBlanc explained in a assertion Wednesday. “I am so very pleased of the perform we have been equipped to do together to help expand entry to education and learning and completely transform the life of our learners.”

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, who has been Southern New Hampshire’s provost given that previous 12 months, will action into the presidency for a two-12 months term beginning in July. Ryerson previously served as president of the AARP Foundation for 8 yrs. Right before that, she was president of Wells University, in New York, for 18 yrs.

“Paul’s legacy is one particular of daring eyesight and generosity of spirit,” Ryerson stated in a assertion. “Over the future 6 months, he and I will work with each other on a changeover program that honors the function of our people and prioritizes the knowledge of our learners.”

Soon after he steps down, LeBlanc strategies to publish about AI’s influence on education and learning and the workforce for the duration of a yearlong sabbatical.