Ms. Leonard previously served as the Assistant Dean for Student Services, Associate Dean for Student Services, and Director of Undergraduate Admission as well as the first Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at McIntire. She oversaw the development and implementation of McIntire’s 2016 Strategic Diversity Plan and the co-creation of the 2021 Inclusive Excellence Plan. She has represented McIntire on numerous University Committees, including the Undergraduate Admission Committee, Diversity Council, and the MLK Planning Committee. Her administrative responsibilities and research are focused on issues in higher education specific to equitable practices in strategy, policies, and procedures.
She has taught University seminars and Commerce electives on diversity and inclusion in the workplace, race and gender issues in the workplace, women in management, and balancing career and family, and conducts workshops and training on these topics. She developed and taught for over 20 years McIntire’s COMM 2000 course for prospective students–Business Skills for a Global Workplace–and was instrumental in the development of McIntire’s Commerce Cohort Program for underserved undergraduate students. She has expertise in curriculum design, undergraduate advising, recruitment, and retention and is particularly interested in issues related to minority recruitment, women in higher education, and race and gender issues in the workplace and strategies for balancing work and family.
Ms. Leonard has completed coursework toward a doctorate degree in higher education administration and has completed papers and presentations related to higher education issues. Working papers include “Women in Higher Education: Can They Have It All?” and “Why Is Business Losing Its Appeal: An Attitude Survey of First- and Second-Year Students at the University of Virginia.” Ms. Leonard has presented at the Undergraduate Business School Dean’s Conference and at the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business Undergraduate Programs Seminar on the following topics: “Co-Curricular Activities in Business Schools,” “Minority Recruitment and Retention,” and “Integrating Business School Curriculums.” She has previously served on the University’s Women's Center Advisory Committee and on the State Executive Committee for the American Council on Education, Virginia Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education.