Presidents Present and Past Share Fondest GW Memories


President LeBlanc with an SJT scholar



“Many of my favorite memories involve our students. Watching them ask President Emmanuel Macron thoughtful, challenging questions at the Smith Center was a real only-at-GW moment. But one of our Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Scholarship days was particularly special. Handing out a full scholarship to a student whose mom did not speak English except for ‘thank you,’ which she repeated over and over while holding my hand, is truly memorable.”

President Thomas LeBlanc: 2017 - present


President Knapp with students



“I was continually inspired by the energy, creativity, and thoughtfulness of students I met during office hours, at F Street House events, or in roundtable discussions. More than once students would tell me about their plans to set up, say, a new charity; when I asked if they had discussed this with others, they’d produce a list of experts, corporate sponsors, and even public officials they’d already contacted!” 

President-emeritus Steven Knapp: 2007 - 2017


President Trachtenberg at Commencement



“On May 10, 1992, GW held its first outdoor Commencement on the Ellipse. With a view of the White House and Washington Monument in the background, this was the start of a campaign to bring the university’s colleges together in spirit and strategy as we marched forward from strength to strength.”

President-emeritus Stephen J. Trachtenberg: 1988 - 2007