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May 24, 2010
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State today has announced that Dr. Leslie Galbreath will begin serving on July 1 as the University's new director of academic and library services.
Galbreath, a Northwest alumna, has served as director of Northwest's Talent Development Center since 1997. She has extensive experience in higher education leadership and administration with a focus on retention efforts through student support and advising systems. She also has a broad background in new program planning and development with a primary focus on customer service and satisfaction in higher education.
"I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to facilitate new collaborations and conversations centered around learning and discovery at Northwest," Galbreath said. "Northwest's academic and library services have a long tradition of service excellence through innovation and attention. The opportunity to engage more voices and ignite organizational synergy is very exciting!"
The position represents a combination and reconfiguration of two existing positions - director of the TDC and the director of libraries. Provost Dr. Doug Dunham said Galbreath will continue to manage and supervise the TDC, along with Northwest's B.D. Owens Library , Proctoring Center, Student Athlete Success Program and other academic support services.
"Anybody who's worked with Leslie knows she feels passionate about student empowerment and student learning," Dunham said. "I have every confidence she will take that enthusiasm to these new areas and to further support research and discovery on campus."
Dunham added, "This reorganization further reinforces Owens Library as a space for 'learning and discovery' for all faculty, staff and students."
As director of the TDC, Galbreath has led academic support programs, including a comprehensive tutoring program, the Supplemental Instruction Program and the Student Athlete Success Program.
During her tenure, student contact hours have increased more than 375 percent to 15,000 hours in five years. The TDC has been nominated for national awards, and it has been cited numerous times as University "strengths" by the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award and Missouri Quality Award site visit teams.
Additionally, Galbreath has served as Northwest's Americans with Disabilities compliance officer continuously since 2004, leading University compliance efforts and collaborative initiatives . She has coordinated case management services for students with disabilities, including accommodations and alternative format textbooks.
She became a member of the Northwest staff in 1986, beginning as office manager of the TDC. Galbreath also has served as director of the Assist and the Student Athlete Success programs, freshman seminar instructor, academic advisor, master's thesis committee member and adjunct graduate professor in the department of educational leadership.
Galbreath earned her bachelor's in English and criminal justice from Northwest in 1985. She completed her master's in educational leadership at Northwest in 2002, and she received her doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2007.
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