RMU Names AnnMarie LeBlanc the Next Dean of the School of Communications and Information Systems
Pittsburgh, May 20, 2015 – Robert Morris University has named AnnMarie LeBlanc dean of its School of Communications and Information Systems (SCIS) effective July 1.
LeBlanc comes to RMU from Kent State University, where she most recently served as interim dean of the College of Communication and Information. She succeeds Barbara Levine, associate professor of communication, who has been dean since 2008 and will return to the faculty.
LeBlanc joined the Kent State faculty in 2007 as director of its School of Visual Communication Design, one of four schools in Kent State’s College of Communication and Information. 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.
"When we began the search for a new dean for SCIS, we hoped for someone with strong academic credentials, solid administrative experience, depth in one of the fields represented within the school, as well as appreciation for the other departments. We found all that and more in AnnMarie LeBlanc,” said RMU Provost David Jamison.
While in Indiana, LeBlanc 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 taught at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
“I am honored and excited to join the Robert Morris University campus. RMU’s commitment to student engagement and service learning, together with its blend of liberal education with practical experience, is an ideal model for higher education today,” said LeBlanc.
LeBlanc’s areas of expertise include color theory and traditional and digital illustration. 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.
"Dean LeBlanc will carry on the tradition of effective leadership with a strong commitment to faculty, staff and students that has characterized Dean Barbara Levine's tenure. We salute Dean Levine on the completion of her time as dean, and look forward to supporting AnnMarie LeBlanc as her worthy successor," said Jamison.
SCIS has approximately 1,300 students enrolled across a broad range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs including communication, media arts, information systems, organizational leadership, English, and TV/video production.
“I look forward to engaging with the five departments that comprise the School of Communications and Information Systems by expanding on our opportunities for regional, national and international engagement; further developing relationships with our alumni; promoting the currency and value of our academic programs; and fostering natural collaborative opportunities in areas of curriculum and research,” said LeBlanc.