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Staff Highlight – Leanne Cardoso

MORGANTOWN, WV – As the academic dean for West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown, Leanne Cardoso’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the students and helping them overcome obstacles.

“A reoccurring theme that makes my job worthwhile is watching students change their lives over the course of 18 months and seeing them successful,” Leanne said.  “I always keep up with graduates, because I like to follow their success. It’s not just one student; it’s many, many, many.”

She connects with the students on various levels, including sharing her love for zombies.

Career Management Director Leanne Cardoso (right) poses with Regional Admissions Director Jessica Ewing during the WVJC Morgantown’s summer picnic.

Leanne earned her law degree and undergraduate degree at West Virginia University.  She practiced law and began teaching at WVJC 12 years ago.  She was hired for the full-time academic dean position in 2006.

Leanne’s days are hectic and impossible to predict. She organizes student government, follows-up with students’ issues or concerns and helps students overcome obstacles. She still occasionally teaches assorted Legal Assistant classes and various general education courses.

She also manages instructors and organizes activities, like the student blood drives, Thanksgiving Feast, winter social, summer picnic and various fund-raising activities.

Leanne also works with the Department of Education and the WVJC’s accrediting body, Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, to assure that the school remains accredited and is in compliance.

“She’s our problem fixer and our ‘go-to person’ for everything,” said Holly Hildreth, the WVJC Morgantown Career Management Director. “If the students have a problem, either personal or academic, they look for Leanne.”

For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at www.wvjc.edu/morgantown-programs. Our programs are equal opportunity employer/programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.