Donald E. Leisey, EdD, has been an educational entrepreneur for more than
twenty years. He founded and served as chairman, CEO, and majority owner of Merryhill Schools, Inc., which was
operating twenty-two schools when the company was sold to a publicly traded company in 1989. Leisey was the
founder and owner for twenty years of The Report Card, Inc. which operated educational stores in northern
California. He has been a management consultant to many public and private schools. Dr. Leisey is an investor,
serves on boards of directors of for-profit and nonprofit corporations, and is codirector of the International
Academy for Educational Entrepreneurship.
Prior to becoming an educational entrepreneur, Leisey served for twenty
years in various capacities in Pennsylvania, California, and Japan, primarily as a teacher, principal,
assistant superintendent, business manager, and university instructor.
From 1973 to 1979 he was superintendent of schools for San Rafael City Schools in Marin County, California.
Leisey received a bachelor's degree from West Chester University, a master's degree from Villanova
University and a doctorate in education and certificate in school business administration from the University
of Southern California.