Glen S. LeRoy
President of The Boston Architectural College
Glen LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, is the seventh president of The Boston Architectural College. He comes to the BAC from the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), where he served as dean for 10 years. Previously, LeRoy was a principal at the architectural and design firm Gould Evans Associates, where he worked for 15 years.
"I have admired the BAC for decades for its commitment to practice-based education," said LeRoy, who believes that professional schools should balance the teaching of theory with a solid foundation in practice-based learning. "The BAC is well-respected nationally for this professionally-based attitude, in addition to its nonprofit status, size, multi-disciplinary character, and urban setting."
At LTU, LeRoy was involved with student recruitment, enrollment, and retention—critical needs for the success of tuition-based colleges. He played a key role in recruiting and retaining students in a competitive environment and with a challenging economy, making great strides in both areas.
LeRoy has supported programs that support a diverse student body. These include attentive student services, active student organizations, competitive athletics, improvements to physical facilities, a stronger and more accountable advising system, academic assistance and tutoring, a professional mentoring network, a laptop computer program, online education, national and international outreach, and a college-based student leadership council.
His experience in strategic planning and implementing a vision is nationally known. Professionally, he has received numerous awards for strategic and comprehensive planning for communities and institutions across the United States. In his role as dean, LeRoy established a strategic direction and vision, including a long-range plan for the College of Architecture and Design to reposition itself in a competitive marketplace. As part of this plan, he grew the college significantly, expanding the offerings to 13 programs. He revamped the Master of Architecture degree program and the online Master of Architecture, and he worked with the College of Engineering to initiate a new architectural engineering program. He also served on the university's Strategic Planning Committee for ten years, where he worked with many constituencies, including members of LTU's Board of Trustees.
Beyond his academic expertise, LeRoy holds significant management and business experience. He has held management positions in both higher education and the professional design field.
At Gould Evans Associates, LeRoy served on the firm's management team. He founded several practice areas, including the Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning/Design Department. He was the principal-in-charge for many architecture, urban planning, urban design, campus planning, interior design, and graphic design projects. When he initially joined the firm as an architect and urban planner/designer, it had only eight professional employees in Lawrence, Kansas. When he departed, as an equity principal, it had grown into a substantial multi-disciplinary firm, with offices in Kansas City, Lawrence, Phoenix, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Tampa. LeRoy played an integral role in the establishment and growth of many of those offices.
Early in his academic career, LeRoy served as a professor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design, where he founded the School's Kansas City Urban Design Studio.
LeRoy holds bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Tulane University and master's degrees in architecture and city planning from University of Pennsylvania.
He lives in Boston, where he and his wife Susanne enjoy the city's walkability, rich history, and art scene.