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JLC director lauded for 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Leadership'

Dr. Julia Overton-Healy, director of Alfred University’s (AU) Beth Robinson Judson Leadership Center (JLC), is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Contribution to Student Leadership Programs Award.

The award, given by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), was open to professional staff or faculty members within student leadership at the campus level who work in NASPA Region II, which includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Overton-Healy will be presented with the award at the Annual Region II Awards Ceremony at the Regional Conference, June 8-10, 2014 in Stockton, NJ.

The award recognizes Overton-Healy’s involvement in multiple student leadership activities and organizations on campus and for her role as director of the JLC, which encompasses the Women’s Leadership Center, the Gary Horowitz Leadership Development Program, the Saxon Sidekicks Mentoring Program, and AU’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national Leadership Honor Society.

The JLC 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 keeping with her commitment to leadership education for all students, she recently served as co-principle investigator and obtained a $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to start E-LEAD (Engineering Leadership), a training program to develop student leaders within the field of engineering on the AU campus.

In addition, her influence in off-campus leadership activities is far-reaching. Overton-Healy is founder of WILDER, Women in Leadership Development, Education, and Research, designed to give women’s leadership center directors a network and identity within higher education frameworks, and served as a keynote speaker at the Bella Abzug Leadership Summit for Young Women in New York City. She also developed, hosted, and ran a leadership institute at the Judson Collegiate and Legends Invitational Golf Tournament last summer in Atlanta, GA which benefited college women from across the country.

Overton-Healy holds an Ed. D. in administration and leadership studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master of arts degree in speech communication from Eastern Illinois University.

A resident of Potter County, PA, she has worked at Alfred University since 2009 and has professional interests in leadership education, mentoring, and the senior year experience.