Leser retired from Scripps in 1999 after working for the media giant for 28 years, including 11 as its CEO. He graduated magna cum laude from Xavier in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
"The Williams College of Business is indeed fortunate to have Mr. Leser join the college as an executive in residence," says Ali Malekzadeh, dean of the Williams College of Business. "His background and experience will not only enrich the students' Xavier experience, but faculty will also benefit from his insights into the business world. To have one of our alums, who has achieved so much, come back and be willing to spend his time helping students and faculty, speaks volumes about his commitment to Xavier and the Williams College of Business."
Leser joined Scripps in 1968 as a secretary-treasurer after 11 years in the accounting field. He was elected financial vice president of the company in 1975 and named to the board of trustees in 1977. In 1980, he added the responsibility of corporate development to his role. In 1985, he became president and CEO and in 1994, he was elected chairman and CEO. Two years later, he stepped down as CEO, and in 1999 he retired as company chairman.
A Cincinnati native, Leser is also a member of Xavier's board of trustees, joining in 1985. He has served as chairman of the Nucleus Fund Committee of the Cornerstone Campaign, the BMX fund and The 1831 Society. He is currently the national chair of the Father Finn Society. His many contributions to the University include the Lawrence A. and Anne J. Leser Scholarship Fund.
Leser was selected to receive the Founders' Day Award earlier this year both for his outstanding commitment to the Xavier community and for his dedicated service to society.