Paul LeBlanc was born in Canada and grew up primarily in Waltham, MA after immigrating to the United States as a child, speaking only French initially, and was a first-generation college graduate. Now he’s the President of Southern NH University (SNHU), the largest nonprofit provider of online higher education in the country with over 185,000 students and counting. While he is a bit of a nontraditional guest for our show, as he does not own the university, Paul has a very entrepreneurial spirit. Through our conversation he passes along some tremendous wisdom from his experience and the many connections he has made along the way. He’s also an avid traveler, and shares a variety of stories, including of his most recent trip to Antarctica!
Mentions from the show:
– Gander Air Force Base: http://www.c-and-e-museum.org/Pinetreeline/other/other18/other18am.html
– “Come From Away” movie: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/10/movies/come-from-away-review.html
– Harvard Seminar for New Presidents: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/hihe/presidents
– Clay Christensen: https://claytonchristensen.com/
– “Broken: How Our Social Systems are Failing Us and How We Can Fix Them:” https://amzn.to/3LREjRd
– “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis:” https://amzn.to/3Kd2atB
– Greg Elliott at Brown University: https://www.brown.edu/academics/sociology/people/gregory-elliott
– People to People Student Ambassador Program: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_to_People_Student_Ambassador_Program
– Erik Satie: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Erik-Satie
– 2023 Greater Manchester Chamber Citizen of the Year: https://manchesterinklink.com/paul-leblanc-named-2023-citizen-of-the-year-by-greater-manchester-chamber/
– Manchester Historic Association: https://manchesterhistoric.org/
– Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI): https://www.armiusa.org/
– Marty Seligman: https://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/people/martin-ep-seligman
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