University of Miami Names New Executive Vice President and Provost; Thomas J. LeBlanc, Noted Academic and Administrator, Joins UM in July

Dr. Tom LeBlanc, New University of Miami Executive Vice President and Provost (Photo: Business Wire)

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CORAL GABLES, Fla.--()--May 5, 2005--The University of Miami today announced that Dr. Thomas J. LeBlanc has been named Executive Vice President and Provost. In his new post, which he will assume July 1, Dr. LeBlanc will serve as the University's chief academic and chief budget officer, overseeing 12 schools and colleges, research administration, students, admissions, research funding and expenditures.

Currently he is the Vice Provost and Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Dean of the Faculty at the University of Rochester. He oversees the College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs, research and graduate studies, admissions, student life and student services, and Division III athletics. He also is a tenured professor of computer science. Before becoming Vice Provost and Dean, he chaired the Department of Computer Science.

"We are delighted to have Tom LeBlanc, an energetic, gifted academic leader as well as a seasoned administrator, assume the position of Executive Vice President and Provost of the University," said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala.

Among LeBlanc's accomplishments at the University of Rochester are overseeing the implementation of the new undergraduate curriculum; improving undergraduate recruitment and retention; raising the average SAT score of incoming freshmen, and restructuring the entire undergraduate experience including housing, advising, and the writing program. In addition, he spearheaded University efforts in public-private partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies.

LeBlanc is also credited with building the structure for the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; initiating and implementing new policies for managing the College's intellectual property; creating the department of biomedical engineering with the University of Rochester Medical Center; reviving the Institute of Optics, the leading program of its kind in the nation; and reestablishing the interdisciplinary Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies.

"The search committee was able to identify a highly qualified field of candidates," said Dennis O. Lynch, dean of the UM School of Law, and chair of the search committee. "We're very pleased with the results of this search, and we're confident that Tom LeBlanc will be an excellent provost."

Dr. LeBlanc, who lived for a time in Brazil, is conversant in Portuguese and has studied Spanish as well. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. He has published extensively in the field of computer science, and his research interests include the development of software systems for parallel programming, including programming models, and the role of debugging and performance tuning. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research, which named him the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator in computer science in 1987.

"Joining the University of Miami is an exciting challenge and a great opportunity," said Dr. LeBlanc. "It's a private research university, which is my world, and the University is a central part of an exciting and booming region."

He is a member of the Association for Computer Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Dr. LeBlanc, 49, is relocating to South Florida with his wife Anne Marie. They have two sons, Brian, a student at Rice University, and David, a student at University of Rochester.

The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.


University of Miami, Coral Gables
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University of Miami, Coral Gables
Margot Winick, 305-284-5500