Johnson College is proud to announce the promotion of Katie Leonard to Executive Vice President. Ms. Leonard began her tenure at the College in January of 2007 as the College’s Coordinator of Grants and Annual Fund. From there, she had continued success in the areas of fundraising and community outreach which led her to become the Director of Development, Director of Institutional Advancement, and then on to Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Senior Vice President of College Advancement. Over the last nine years, Ms. Leonard’s contributions to the College have been innumerable. In her time with the College, Ms. Leonard formed industry relationships, reestablished the alumni program, increased annual giving, and initiated the College’s rebranding in 2011. She executed the College’s first-ever capital campaign in 2013 which raised comprehensively $5.1 million to build the new Health Science Technology Center on campus, the largest building project to date.
Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President and CEO of Johnson College commended Katie on her leadership abilities at the College. “Katie is flexible and agile, she is also proactive.” Dr. Pipinski also said “when you put a task in Katie’s hands, it always gets done. She does quality work while always keeping things fun and exciting.”
Joseph Durkin, P.E., Chairman of the Board of Directors at Johnson College also shared how Katie’s continued enthusiasm positively influences the College “Katie has demonstrated insight and ingenuity in leading the effort to implement what we call the ‘Four Board Directives’. These are broad directives which fundamentally reformulate how we deliver education to our students. Katie’s energy in managing these changes has been instrumental in the success of this process.”
Ms. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York College, a Master of Arts degree from Mansfield University, and is pursuing her doctor of education through Rowan University. She held multiple positions working with government officials and non-profit organizations before bringing her talents to Johnson College. In York, she was the Executive Director of Downtown Inc., York’s Main Street Program. Ms. Leonard has also made great contributions to the community outside of her roles with Johnson College. She is on the board of directors of NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce’s Rebranding Committee, and a board member of the Lackawanna Home Builders Association.
Ms. Leonard resides in Scranton with her husband Bill and daughter Sophie.