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Michael LeBlanc

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Michael LeBlanc

Acting Dean of Students


Michael LeBlanc is the Director of Public Safety at Hendrix College and also an Associate Faculty Member with Ashford University. He has been married for 30 years to his wife Marlena. The couple has two daughters, Amber, 27, and Selby, 24. In 2013, he completed his bachelor's degree in Emergency Management/Homeland Security and, in 2015, completed his master's degree in Teaching and Learning with Technology, both with Ashford University. Originally from Downriver Detroit, Michigan, Michael entered into military service after high school and is a Gulf War and War on Terror veteran, having completed three separate deployments. He has over 13 years of experience in the United States Air Force as a Security Police Military Working Dog Handler. He was certified as an Explosive, Narcotics, and Patrol Dog Handler. After leaving the military, he spent the next 13 years in civilian law enforcement as a Patrol K9 Officer in Rogers, Arkansas, and as Sergeant in charge of patrol and special operations with the DeWitt Police Department in Iowa. He has undergone specialized training in K9 Operations, Special Weapons and Tactics, and Crime Scene Investigations. Before coming to Hendrix, he spent five years as the Director of Security and Safety at Ashford University - Clinton Campus, and he taught Introduction to Criminal Justice for the past three years as a Post-Secondary Education Opportunity (PSEO) college-level class at the Clinton High School. Some of his notable achievements include being named a Distinguished USAF NCO Academy Graduate; being selected for Secret Service support for two Presidents; graduating from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute at George Washington University; graduating as Defense Security Service Anti-Terrorism Officer Level II; and receiving law enforcement certifications in Iowa and Arkansas. Michael believes the key to success is effective communication.

Academic Background

  • B.A., Ashford University, 2012
  • M.A., Ashford University, 2015
  • Professional Certification: College Student Wellbeing, Trauma, and Resilience, Florida State University, 2022

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