Transitions: Kathleen LeBlanc is Retiring

Going away party Dec. 2 on campus, Dec. 8 off campus

Kathleen LeBlanc will be retiring from Santa Fe College at the end of this term.

Kathy will be greatly missed by students and faculty alike. It is not uncommon to find Kathy in her office helping a student. Kathy is well known for her student-centered approach and spends hours with individual students counseling and assisting them with difficult academic and career decisions. Kathy is also Student Development Instruction’s “go to” person for incoming Career Development instructors. Her work and dedication to the college has been inexhaustible.

Kathy taught one Career Development course in 1981 for Dean of Student Development Les Goldman. She instructed Career Development on a part-time basis from 1986 to 1989, and was hired by Director Rubye Beal as a full-time faculty member of the Student Development Behavioral Sciences Department in August 1989.

Kathy served as Coordinator for the department from 1989-1998. During her tenure, Kathy has been a counselor and has also taught both College Success and Career and Life Development classes for 21 years. In these capacities, she has served many students, helping them through personal crises and assisting them in making informed decisions regarding selecting their majors, surviving their courses, negotiating the pitfalls of life, and successfully entering careers of their choosing.

Prior to working at Santa Fe, Kathy held many human service positions. She graduated from Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C., with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her master’s in counselor education from the University of Florida. From 1970 to 1976, she worked as a child and family psychotherapist. She worked with severely disturbed children and their families while employed with Saint Francis Home for Children in New Haven, Conn. From 1976 to 1979, she worked for the Alachua County Department of Corrections as an intake counselor. She was employed as a guidance counselor by the Archer Community School from 1979 until 1981.

Kathy is married to Clifford LeBlanc, Ph.D., a long-time member of the Santa Fe College community, who still instructs psychology courses for our Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. They have two children, Kathleen and Paul, and continue to be actively involved in family life with them and their grandchildren.

Going away parties

Please come help celebrate Kathy’s retirement on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. in S-213. Kathy will be so greatly missed that we will be “celebrating” one more time on Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-9 p.m. at Donna Musselman’s home at 1227 NW 51st Terr. Please RSVP by email to donna.musselman@sfcollege.edu or call ext. 4112 by Monday, Dec. 6.