Carol Leary




Carol Leary has been president of Bay Path College for 19 years. During her tenure, it has become the fastest growing undergraduate women’s college in the country. Located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, Bay Path now boasts 19 graduate degrees, cutting-edge baccalaureate programs and certificates, two additional campus locations in Sturbridge and Burlington, Massachusetts, and a unique One-Day-A-Week Saturday College for adult women.

In 2013, under Dr. Leary’s leadership, Bay Path College launched the first, all-women’s, full online undergraduate degree programs in the United States. Dr. Leary is a proud first generation college student. She credits her mother and father for her love of education and Girls’ Clubs for providing scholarships and empowerment. She went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University, earned a master’s degree at SUNY Albany, and a doctorate at The American University in Washington, D.C.

Dr Leary’s higher education leadership experience ranges from an all men’s Catholic college to large and small private/public institutions, urban and suburban. Yet, it was when she came to Bay Path that she found her passion, the advancement of women of all ages.Her passion for women’s education is matched by her dedication to community service. She has offered her expertise and time to a wide range of non-profit boards and serves a number of state and national education organizations in leadership positions.

The stories of family and community are central to her life and provide the inspiration for her vision and commitment to women’s education and advancement. The idea of teaching a course that weaves the power of story to advancing women’s leadership has been a long held dream. She truly believes that reflecting on the stories of our lives helps define who we are and where we are going.

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Apr 25th 2014

We all have a story. No matter where we are in our life’s journey; no matter our circumstances; we have something to share that has made us who we are. Capturing and examining our life stories increases our resilience and clarifies our place in the world.

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