Paul LeClerc was elected the president, CEO, and trustee of The New York Public Library in 1993, and under his leadership has implemented a number of initiatives that have made The New York Public Library an international leader in the field of information collection and distribution. Prior to joining The New York Public Library he served as president and CEO of Hunter College, the City University of New York (CUNY), and prior to that as provost and vice president for academic affairs, Baruch College, CUNY. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University. Dr. LeClerc serves on the board of trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and as director of the National Book Foundation. He is also a member of the board of The American Academy in Rome and a member of the editorial board, The Complete Works of Voltaire, Oxford University.