President of Antioch University Santa Barbara to retire in June
Nancy Leffert, president of Antioch University Santa Barbara, will retire in June 2016.
“Nancy Leffert was the right person at the right time for AUSB,” said board chair Victoria Riskin in a news release. “She infused the institution with excitement, direction, purpose, and academic integrity. She increased enrollment and the endowment, and raised significant scholarship funds. She made good on her promise to make higher education available for students who would otherwise miss out. Not only has Nancy been a highly effective president, she has been wonderful to work with. She will be sorely missed.”
Leffert has had a long and distinguished career in higher education and social service administration, and as a scholar, author, and speaker. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of child and adolescent psychology. After obtaining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University, she was awarded a doctorate in child ssychology from the renowned Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.
“My years at Antioch University Santa Barbara have been the most significant and fulfilling of my professional life,” Leffert said in a news release. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead the campus during a challenging period for all colleges and universities, and yet despite those challenges, AUSB has experienced enormous growth in enrollment. That growth means that our focus on increasing access to higher education has been successful, and the collaborations and partnerships we have developed has resulted in new programs that are both relevant and responsive to the needs of students in our community. There is more I want to accomplish in the next nine months, but I will leave knowing that AUSB is thriving.
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