Alum LeBlanc Named Education Dean
Dr. Robert LeBlanc, associate professor in the University of St. Thomas School of Education, has been appointed dean of the School of Education, effective April 1. LeBlanc, an alumnus, has been on the UST faculty since 2002.
LeBlanc, who was dean from 2008-2011, succeeds Dr. Nora Hutto. Under Hutto’s tutelage, and through the efforts of Dr. Virginia Leiker, assistant professor and director of the Educational Leadership Program, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council awarded a five-year initial accreditation to the School of Education in the Educational Leadership Program. She was integral in the initiative to train teachers for both public and private middle and high schools with the new five-year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts program.
LeBlanc received a master’s and doctorate degree in education from The University of Houston. He worked in a variety of positions in Klein Independent School District for 25 years, last serving as the associate superintendent for instruction and student services. His areas of interest and research are instructional design, education legal issues in K-12 schools and development of ethical problem-solving abilities in current and future school leaders.
In the School of Education, LeBlanc initiated an innovative program called the Gulf Region Academy for Catholic Educators, or GRACE. He has received numerous other professional awards including a special recognition award from The University of Houston and an Educational Leadership Award from the Houston Suburban Chapter of Texas Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He and his wife, Rebecca ’70, are recipients of the Rev. Vincent J. Guinan, CSB, Distinguished Alumni Award for 2006 from the University of St. Thomas Alumni Association.
“The School of Education has always been and will continue to be the spearhead of the University's outreach to the Greater Houston community,” said Dr. Dominic A. Aquila, vice president for Academic Affairs. “The School has prepared outstanding teachers for the region for generations through conventional means and new modes of learning, including online and off-site course and degree offerings.”
LeBlanc has played an integral part in the School’s success and growth and under his leadership the School will continue to prosper and serve our students and the community.