Leigh was elected Master (head) of Balliol College, Oxford on 12 May 1726, a post he held until his death in 1785. He was from outside the College and a nephew of the College's Visitor, yet he did not cause the College to fall into decline. During his tenure as Master of Balliol he was also Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1738 until 1741.
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- "Vice-Chancellors from the year 1660". The Oxford University Calendar. University of Oxford. 1817. pp. 27–28. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
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