Paul LeClerc


Thomas Hunter

Joseph A. Gillet

Edward Sanford Burgess

George Samler Davis

James Michael Kieran

Eugene A. Colligan

George Nauman Shuster

Eleanor Hunsdon Grady

John Meng

Mary Latimer Gambrell

Robert D. Cross

F. Joachim Weyl

Jacqueline Grennan Wexler

Joseph Shenker

Donna E. Shalala

Tilden John LeMelle

Paul LeClerc

Blanche Davis Blank

David Armand Caputo

Evangelos John Gizis

Jennifer J. Raab



Order:  11th

Dates:  1988 - 1993

An eminent French scholar and a renowned author of books on Voltaire and the French Enlightenment, Dr. Paul LeClerc became Hunter’s President on September 1, 1988.  Prior to coming to Hunter, Dr. LeClerc compiled a distinguished record as an academic leader, serving as CUNY’s University Dean for Academic Affairs, Acting Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Provost and Deputy President at Baruch College.  He has also been a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Dr. LeClerc received his Ph.D. in French from Columbia University.

Dr. LeClerc established the Hunter College Foundation to provide a vehicle through which alumni and friends of the College could support Hunter at a time of great financial difficulties.  He played an active role in fund-raising activities, increasing alumni giving five-fold and raising more than $35 million for new capital projects.

On his initiative, Hunter adopted a new multicultural curriculum recognized as the most comprehensive and diverse curriculum of its kind in the nation.  He spurred the revitalization of the library and involved Hunter in manifold community health activities, especially those focused on fighting AIDS and drug addiction.  Under his leadership, Hunter became the first-choice college of all freshmen applying to a senior college of The City University of New York.