Education faculty member named Lynn’s first-ever professor emeritus

William Leary, former public school superintendent, has been teaching at Lynn University since 1998

Published Apr. 23, 2013

William Leary, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D., Ed.D.Lynn University named William (Bill) Leary, professor in the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education, as the first-ever professor emeritus, a designation awarded for outstanding teaching and service to the university.

Appointment to professor emeritus status is based on the recommendation of the college dean, vice president for academic affairs and approval by the Board of Trustees. 

Leary has had a very long and storied career in education and has served Lynn well since 1998, says Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs, who announced the appointment in the Academic Council meeting last week.

“Bill has been instrumental in the development of highly skilled administrators in the local school districts and in fact, all around the country,” says Cox. “He has contributed to the university in many ways but primarily as a major contributor to our doctoral programs in education.”

Prior to his position at Lynn, Leary served as superintendent of schools in Boston, Mass.; Rockville Centre, N.Y.; North Babylon, N.Y.; Broward County, Fla; and Gloucester, Mass. Leary has doctorates in education from Boston University and Harvard. He was named to "Who’s Who in America" for the year 2013 and has been named to "Who’s Who" since 1977.

“My teaching and research philosophy involves a paradigm that establishes a learning environment which supports the development of the whole student,” says Leary. “Encouraging students to learn to work with others, to be team members and to negotiate differences, yet skillfully defend their own ideas, are critical factors in developing student interest and engagement.”

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William (Bill) Leary has been professor of education in Lynn University’s Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education since 1998. Prior to his position at Lynn he served as superintendent for various school systems in Massachusetts, New York and Florida. He was also director of curriculum development for Boston Public Schools; executive director for the Metropolitan Planning Center in Newton, Mass.; associate professor and chair for the Department of Educational Leadership and Psychology at the University of Mississippi; visiting professor for Suffolk University in Boston, Mass.; producer and director of The Superintendent’s Forum for New England Cable Television; and a regular columnist for the Boston Herald, Long Island News and Gloucester Times

Leary has a B.S. from Boston College, an M.Ed. from Boston State College, Ed.D from Boston University and Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. He received the Freedom Award for lifelong service for freedom and civil rights, Oxford-Lafayette County, Mississippi Chapter of the NAACP; the National Leadership Award, National School Boards Association; and the Ida M. Johnston Award as an Outstanding Alumnus, Boston University School of Education.

Leary can discuss: Human resources, leadership and management, budget and finance, curriculum development, strategic planning and adolescent development.