AnnMarie LeBlanc Named Interim Dean of Kent State's College of Communication and Information

AnnMarie LeBlanc has been chosen to serve as interim dean of Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information, starting July 1. Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement today.

LeBlanc currently serves as director of Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design, one of the four schools in the College of Communication and Information. She succeeds Stan Wearden, Ph.D., who announced last month that he will retire on June 30 after 30 years of service to Kent State and also will pursue a new opportunity at Columbia College Chicago as its new senior vice president and provost. A search for a permanent dean will begin later in the year.

“We are very fortunate that Professor LeBlanc has agreed to serve in this important capacity,” Diacon said. “She brings a wealth of experience within the college combined with a keen knowledge of the important issues in higher education today.”

LeBlanc joined Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design as its director in 2007. Previously, she taught at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she served as chair of the Department of Visual Communication and Design and associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While in Indiana, she was the recipient of the university’s Outstanding Teacher Award. She also received an SBC/Ameritech Fellowship and was honored with an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. LeBlanc also has instructed in summer and semester-long sessions at the University of Michigan, Purdue University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

LeBlanc’s areas of expertise include color theory and traditional and digital illustration. In the past, her images have focused on ethnobotanical studies of her home region of the Louisiana Delta, the relationship of environment to folklore, and cross-cultural mythology. Her work has been included in more than 50 national and international adjudicated exhibitions, a dozen solo or two-person exhibitions and is in more than 300 private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University.

LeBlanc resides in Aurora, Ohio.

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