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Director nominated as 'Leader of Impact'

Julia Overton-Healy, director of Alfred University’s (AU) Judson Leadership Center, is a nominee for the “Leader of Impact” honor, an award given by the Global Women’s Leadership Network, Santa Clara, CA.

Overton-Healy was nominated based on the impact she has on women’s lives through the Women’s Leadership Academy at AU. The Academy provides students with the skills necessary to become effective leaders, networking opportunities, access to resources and scholarships, and knowledge of gender dynamics within leadership positions.

The Judson Leadership Center is named in honor of the late Elizabeth Robinson Judson, AU class of 1982, an advocate on behalf of women’s leadership education. A 10-year member of the University Board of Trustees at the time, Judson and her husband, James William Judson Jr., died Oct. 26, 2010, when the single-engine plane in which they were flying crashed in a field in northern Mississippi. 

The Judson Leadership Center provides leadership training, education, and development to the campus. Special programs are offered for women, new students, and students who want to assume leadership roles. The center is committed to the development of ethical leaders who reflect principles of inclusion, sustainability and global sensibility.

In addition, this past summer Overton-Healy served as a guest speaker at the 2013 JCI Leadership Workshop, the beneficiary of the Judson Collegiate & Legend’s Pro-Am Challenge. The Challenge, created by Judson’s family in memory of the couple, brings together elite college and legends golf players for an annual tournament.

Overton-Healy began working at the University in 2009. She holds an Ed.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts degree in speech communication from Eastern Illinois University. She is passionate about leadership education, mentoring, and women’s leadership.