Academic advising; Retention and degree completion; Student success; Academic policy; Transfer students; Integrative learning; Interdisciplinary theory
Jeannie Brown Leonard is Dean of Student Academic Affairs – Advising, Retention, and Transitions (Provost Office). This unit houses the UNIV curriculum, Project Peak, exploratory student academic advising, as well as retention and student success initiatives. With colleagues across campus, she coordinates the integration of NavigateMason into academic advising practice. She has 30 years of experience in higher education including teaching and administering interdisciplinary studies programs. Prior to her current role, she was a faculty member and director of an interdisciplinary adult degree-completion program at Mason. Dr. Brown Leonard earned her PhD in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park where she focused on college student learning and development, emphasizing student experiences with integrative learning. She completed her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Vermont, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology is from Mount Holyoke College.