Board of Trustees

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Leak '76

Photo of Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Leak  '76

Why I am a trustee:
I enjoy providing public service to a college that has given so much to me.

Graduated from (and year):
St. Mary's College of Maryland, B.A. (1976)
University of Maryland at College Park, M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. (1988)

I am enjoying retirement after 31 years in the field of education at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

When I was in college I studied:
Social science and education

Today I wish I had studied:
I am happy with my original academic decisions and enjoyed a wonderful career in the education field.

Favorite book:
Dream Makers, Dream Breakers: The World of Justice Thurgood Marshall by Carl T. Rowan 

Favorite films:
Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Sea Hawk, The Lord of the Ring series, and the Harry Potter series.

Favorite cuisine:
Italian, Mexican, and Jamaican Jerk

Education/Career Advice for Students:
Always strive to be your best and be comfortable with change in your personal/professional life.


Larry Leak graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1976 with a degree in social science.  He went on to earn a masters (1981) and doctoral degree (1988) in educational administration and supervision at the University of Maryland.  Both degrees were completed as a fulltime student on the College Park campus and the doctorate earned under the competitive award of a Graduate School Fellowship (now referred to as the University of Maryland Flagship Fellowship).  

Leak started his professional career as a social studies teacher at Great Mills High School in St. Mary’s County.  He went on to become principal of Manassas Park High School in Virginia before becoming an assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Leak continued to teach and undertake research projects with associate professor positions at Morgan State and Towson Universities.   In 1996, Leak went on a seven-year loan from Towson University to the Maryland State Department of Education, serving as the assistant state superintendant for the Division of Certification and Accreditation. Leak became the vice provost for academic affairs at the University of Maryland, University College in 2003 and served as acting provost and chief academic officer (2005-2006) and interim provost and chief academic officer until his retirement in December 2007 after 30 years in the education profession.

Leak specializes in the areas of teacher preparation policy, teacher certification policy, and leadership development. He has also published book chapters, articles, bulletins, and reports in these areas.

Leak has been a member of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission since 1998, serving as liaison to the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees since 2005.  He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Delta Kappa professional organizations. 

Leak resides in Clarksville, Maryland and regularly volunteers at the Howard County Public Library.