Leslie H. McLean, Ed.D
About the President
Dr. Leslie Hobert McLean, simply
Doc to those close to him, was born in the Carolina Blue Ridge and grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of the South, his Master of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at Union College (NY), and his doctorate at Vanderbilt University. Les spent most of his career in independent school education. As the first teacher hired at Episcopal High School, Les held essentially every administrative role from dorm master to development director before becoming Headmaster of four independent schools. Les also taught in college and graduate school while chairing accreditation visiting teams. He authored many articles and co-authored books. His contribution to education over his career has garnered several awards and honors. Les has consulted schools, universities, and organizations, and served as Director/Commissioner on several state and regional school organizations. Not retired, Les is currently teaching AP Physics and Honors Biology at a local public high school in Wilmington, Delaware where he is also a union representative, Next Generation Science Standards Lead Teacher and the Lead Mentor.
Outside of his career in education, Les was President of the Real Estate Institute in Miami, where still holds a Florida Brokers License. He directed the Urban Youth Program for New York, for which he received the Governor’s commendation. Les was Secretary of the Florida State Soccer Association and President of College Soccer Officials (NISOA) in South Florida; additionally he managed the field for a professional NASL soccer team. He was a founder and President-elect of Rotary, and served as Secretary for the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon.
Les McLean is passionate about his family, soccer, ocean racing (sailing), skiing, the outdoors, and everything Scottish. Diana, his beautiful bride of 40 years, is a retired clinical social worker. Ian, his son, is a software developer/entrepreneur; and Caitlin, his daughter, is studying biology at the University of Delaware. Caitlin is also an accomplished Highland Dancer; she was North American Champion, and a finalist in the World Championships, with over 300 medals and trophies.
In the summer of 2003, while Les McLean and his family were camping along the Appalachian Trail, they discovered and attended the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. While Caitlin was becoming enthralled by the Highland dancing, Les McLean noticed a large Saint Andrews flag flying over the camping area, with a large crowd of merry makers and a Clan Maclean banner below. Les walked over, only to be stopped at the perimeter by a large noble looking gentleman with a staff in one hand and a quach in the other. Les McLean asked,
what is this? The gentleman, sternly replied,
this is a private party, then, after a pregnant pause, smiled and said,
and you have just been invited. The gentleman, Clarence Greek, was then President of Clan Maclean. Caitlin became a highland dancer, Les joined the Clan Maclean, and we all have been family since. Les McLean became President of Clan Maclean Association in the United States on January 1, 2018.