Leonard E. Plachta (1929-2008) was the eleventh president of Central Michigan University (1992-2000). He obtained a BA and MBA from the University of Detroit and received his doctorate from Michigan State University. Prior to coming to CMU, he worked in business as an account analyst as well as academia as a professor of accounting and department chairman at the University of Detroit, and as chairman of business education at Alma College. When Dr. Plachta came to Central, he was a professor of business (1972-77), assistant dean of the College of Business (1977-79) and dean of the College of Business Administration (1979-92). In 1992, he was appointed Interim President and he was later appointed to President in 1994.
During his tenure, President Plachta focused on developing effective academic programs, improving student services, and creating an efficient management and financial structure at the University. He retired in 2000.