Dr. Carol Leary

Dr. Carol Leary has a passionate dedication to the advancement and education of women. Since 1994, she has served as President of Bay Path University, named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 20 fastest growing baccalaureate colleges in America in 2014 and 2015, and in 2017 and 2018 one of the fastest-growing “private nonprofit master’s institutions” in the United States. Bay Path is the only women’s college in New England to be included in these rankings. Under her guidance, Bay Path launched The American Women’s College in 2013, the first all-women all-online baccalaureate program in the nation and has overseen the development of over 30 graduate programs at the University.


She currently chairs the board of the Association of American Colleges & Universities and is chair for the New Presidents Program under the auspices of the Council of Independent College. Leary also served as chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts.


An emerita trustee and former chair of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Leary served on the board of the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc., and was President of the Board of Tribunes for WGBY/PBS. Currently, she is a member of the board at United Bank, and the Marginal Way Preservation Fund.


Nationally recognized, she recently received the Donna Shavlik Award from the American Council on Education. Among Leary’s other awards are the Woman of Impact Award and Difference Makers Award from BusinessWest, the Woman of Distinction Award from the Pioneer Valley Girl Scout Council, and the Pynchon Award for Distinguished Public Service from the Springfield, Massachusetts Advertising Club.


A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, she earned her MS at the State University of New York at Albany and her PhD at The American University in Washington, DC.