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Transforming Bay Path University: President Carol A. Leary Milestones

Bold. Impactful. Visionary.

These three words capture the essence of the remarkable growth and transformation of Bay Path throughout the 25 years of Carol Leary’s presidency. During her tenure, an unprecedented number of institutional improvements and initiatives, such as strengthening academic offerings, enhancing the student experience, investing in capital projects, establishing ties with the greater community, and cultivating new partnerships, touched every aspect of campus life.

With each passing year, Carol Leary built an institution of higher education that dared to challenge the norms of an industry bound by tradition. Her steps were bold and courageous. Always keeping students at the center of decisions, she placed Bay Path firmly at the forefront of new academic models by offering accelerated and flexible pathways for learning, both on ground and online. Ever mindful that many of our students were the first in their family to attend college or aspire to greater things, she created a place where students were prepared for emerging careers and the constantly changing workplace. And ever true to the mission of Bay Path, she proved that a women’s college could flourish and still have value in today’s world. She made Bay Path a place of pride for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and others.

Indeed, President Carol Leary forged a University for the 21st century.

1Dr. Carol A. Leary, with her husband, Noel, by her side, is inaugurated as Bay Path’s fifth president on Saturday, April 22, 1995.