Professor Donald Leech
Associate Professor of History
Department of History and Philosophy
When I started here in 2008, it was with some trepidation at coming to such a small, remote place. I quickly grew to love it. The work atmosphere is exceptionally collegial, and due to our small size I really get to know many of the students as individuals.
Advice to Students?
Learn. I mean not just learning in the classes that prepare you for a job, but in everything inside and outside the classroom. The habit of learning creates a rich, lifelong path of fulfillment and development.
Favorite Course to Teach
Medieval History II
I have hitchhiked across the US. I have hitchhiked through Central America. I have owned a sailboat. I have seen a wolf in the wild. I have completed twelve marathons. I coach the UVa-Wise cross country teams.
I was born and grew up in England. Since then I have lived in five different states in the US. I previously worked as an electronic technician in one career and as a social services worker in another.
Awards & Recognition
None, I’m quite ordinary.
"The habit of learning creates a rich, lifelong path of fulfillment and development."
Assistant Professor of History, Department of History and Philosophy