Edward Leach earned a PhD in educational administration with a concentration in community college leadership from The University of Texas in Austin.
He serves as Executive Director of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), a membership organization that promotes excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. Dr. Leach assures that NISOD has a long-range strategic plan to achieve this mission through consistent, timely, and measurable progress.
Leach served as Vice President of Services and Programs for the League for Innovation in the Community College, where he directed the Conference on Information Technology from 1999 to 2010 and the STEMtech Conference from 2010 to 2012. He served as a co-principal investigator for a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant that scaled up a curriculum of complex engineering challenges using underwater robotics. He was also co-principal investigator for a $10 million Internet-in-Education program funded by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), as well as an ED grant that familiarized over 1,000 community college faculty and 7,000 preservice teachers with Internet-based learning objects. Leach has been Director of Educause since October 2015. He is also a certified association executive (CAE), a designation identifying association professionals who have completed the higher education, work experience, and professional development studies identified as essential to the association chief staff executive role.