Leonard S. Coleman, Jr.

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Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. was the last, non-honorary president of the National League. He held the office until 1999 when it was eliminated by Major League Baseball. He is currently on the Board of Directors of H. J. Heinz Company, the Omnicom Group, Cendant Corporation, Aramark, Churchill Downs and Electronic Arts.[1] He received a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

While serving as president of the National League, Coleman operated Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, forging a working alliance with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to help grow the RBI program.[2][3] Coleman served as commissioner of both the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and Department of Energy, and he was chairman of the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.[4]


Coleman graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history, then attended Harvard University, where he earned both a master's degree in public administration (MPA) and a master's degree in education and social policy.[5]

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Preceded by
Bill White
National League President
Succeeded by
office abolished