Leitzel, Dr. Joan

Joan Leitzel

Dr. Joan Leitzel was a professor of mathematics at Ohio State for 25 years and moved into administration as Associate Provost for Curriculum and Instruction. In 1990 she joined the National Science Foundation as a division director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, and then assumed the position of Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. In 1996 she became President of the University of New Hampshire. She returned to Columbus in her retirement and served Ohio State one more year in 2008-2009 to lead the restructuring of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Leitzel served on the board of directors of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (now APLU) and chaired the board of the American Association for Higher Education. She chaired the Mathematical Sciences Education Board at the National Research Council from 2000-2004 and is currently immediate-past-chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences. She has received the Hanover College Distinguished Alumni Award, the Ohio State Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Ohio State Distinguished Service Award, and the University of New Hampshire Charles Holmes Pettee Medal.