William Leary

B.S., M.Ed., C.A.S., Ed.D., Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus
William Leary


Phone: 561-237-7089

Office Location

Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library

Professional Profile

Lynn is dedicated to sculpturing the core curriculum to fit the needs of the individual student. Contemporary research supports the evidence that no two students learn in the same way, or at the same time. Lynn’s Dialogues of Learning program acknowledges that conclusion by discovering and understanding each student’s individual strengths, interests and needs.

William Leary has been a professor in the College of Education since 1998. Prior to coming to Lynn, Leary served as superintendent of schools in Boston, Mass.; Rockville Centre, N.Y.; North Babylon, N.Y.; Broward County, Fla.; and Gloucester, Mass. He has held the following positions:

  • 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
  • Regular columnist for the Boston Herald, Long Island News and Gloucester Times
  • Member of the Governor’s Task Force on Alternative Education for the State of Florida
  • Member of the Attorney General’s Task Force on Public Education in Massachusetts
  • Member of the National Commission on Educational Supervision for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and of the National Education Evaluation Task Force for the American Association of School Administrators
  • Presenter on Multiple Intelligences at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library at the University of Texas
  • Trustee of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Member of the Long Island, N.Y., Regional Planning Board

Leary has doctorates in Education from Boston University and Harvard.  He was recently named to "Who’s Who in America" for the year 2011 and has been named to "Who’s Who" since 1977.


  • B.S., Boston College
  • M.Ed., Boston State College (UMASS - Boston)
  • Ed.D., Boston University
  • Ed.D., Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Fulbright Fellow, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 30 Graduate credits, Government, Boston University
  • National Defense Education Grant, Oregon State University
  • Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) , Harvard
  • Lincoln Filene Center, Tufts University, Co –author: “The Police: Fact and Fiction”. Clinical Teacher Consultant.
  • National Superintendents Academy (2 years), Vanderbilt University

Teaching Philosophy

William Leary's teaching and research philosophy involves a paradigm that establishes a learning environment which supports the development of the whole student. 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.

Teaching Specialties

  • Human resources
  • Leadership and management
  • Budget and finance
  • Curriculum development
  • Strategic planning
  • Adolescent development


  • Freedom Award for lifelong service for freedom and civil rights, Oxford-Lafayette County, Mississippi Chapter of the NAACP
  • National Leadership Award, National School Boards Association
  • Ida M. Johnston Award as an Outstanding Alumnus, Boston University School of Education

Curriculum Vitae

LearyWilliam_CV.pdf — PDF document, 28Kb
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