New President, New Era for AUSB

AUSB is proud to announce President Nancy Leffert was inaugurated on February 26, 2011. Watch the inauguration ceremony to hear Dr. Leffert's vision for a new era at AUSB and integral role in the Santa Barbara community.

Dr. Leffert’s inaugural comes at a time of dramatic change for AUSB. As resources for public education continue to decline, the 34-year old institution is moving aggressively to strengthen its curriculum and faculty, to revitalize its governance and leadership and to upgrade its physical facilities to better serve the rapidly changing needs of its students and the community.

The formal academic installation of Dr. Leffert is the first in a month-long series of public events hosted by AUSB that will highlight the theme of her inaugural – “access, engage, and collaborate.”

"Antioch has an important role to play in providing access to educational dreams. Students tell us they want and need flexibility," said Dr. Leffert in her inaugural address. "I am determined to ensure that motivated and qualified students have increased access to that transformative education experience."

Dr. Leffert had been Provost and Chief Executive Officer of AUSB for only three months when was asked to step into the role of Chief Executif Officer in 2009. She quickly met the challenge of her new role, and the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint her president as of July 2010.

Prior to joining AUSB as its top administrator, President Leffert was the Associate Dean for Student Services and Program Evaluation in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. She is a nationally-known scholar of adolescent development, known particularly for her work delineating factors that contribute to the positive development of young people. One aspect of this work was the creation of the Developmental Assets framework, which is currently used across the country in over 500 communities as a tool to help mobilize around raising healthy children and adolescents. In addition to her lengthy list of published books and scientific articles, President Leffert has authored many reports and technical manuals, and has frequently been invited to give scholarly and community presentations.

“Dr. Leffert was unanimously selected by the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees to become the new President,” said Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees, noting the new president’s 35 years of experience in research, social service and higher education administration. The Trustees cited her impressive academic background, dynamic energy and passionate commitment to the growth of our campus in pledging their full and enthusiastic support.”

READ: published Dr. Leffert's op-ed piece titled "A Vision for Antioch University Santa Barbara."

Many thanks to the Santa Barbara Independent and Journalist Avery Hardy for her piece on AUSB's Inauguration titled "Springtime at Antioch" – University Elects Nancy Leffert as New President to Usher in a New Era.

Local News coverage of the Inauguration and colorful photos of the event were featured on in an article by contributing writer, Sonia Fernandez titled "Nancy Leffert Puts Own Touch on Inauguration as Antioch University's New President"

WATCH:  Hosts Cathy Murillo and David Pritchett of the "Off-Leash Public Affairs" Program on Cable TV 17 & 21: The Santa Barbara Channels, documented the AUSB Inauguration Event at the Museum of Natural History with video footage and an interview with Dr. Nancy Leffert.

LISTEN:  The University of California at Santa Barbara's Radio Station, KCSB 91.9-FM ran two news-story's covering the AUSB Inauguration and an Interview with Dr. Nancy Leffert. 

Here is the link to the full podcast:

Dr. Nancy Leffert was interviewed on the Mark Macintire, “Minds That Matter” Radio Program. She explains her vision for Antioch Santa Barbara's future and her philosophy of education.

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