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Longtime Staff Assistant Retires After 39 Years

Judy Leonard, who since 1984 served as the administrative assistant coordinator in the Educational Policy Studies departments, retired in June after a total of 39 years of service with Penn State.

by Pamela Batson

leonard_sml.jpgAfter 39 years of service, Judy Leonard, administrative assistant coordinator for Educational Policy Studies (EPS), retired on June 30, 2009.

Leonard started her career at PennStatein 1970 as a wage payroll staff assistant in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. A year later she moved to the Collegeof Education. In 1976, she joined the Educational Theory and Policy (now EPS) graduate program as a staff assistant.  In 1984, Leonard became the administrative assistant coordinator for the EPS department. She remained in this role, serving under six department heads, until her retirement in June. Although, she can still be seen in the halls of Rackley right now as she is covering for a staff member who is on maternity leave.

An active member of the PennStatecommunity, Leonard served on numerous committees. Most recently she was a member of the University Staff Advisory Committee and the College Staff Advisory Committee. In 2008, she was invited by the Provost’s Office to serve as a panelist for a University promotion and tenure workshop. She also participated in a strategic planning group, the College Improving Operations Study Team and a University focus group on Employee Perceptions of Fair Supervisory & Management Policies/Practices.

Leonard was honored in 1999 by theCollegeofEducationwith the College Excellence Award and again in 2006 with the College Staff Leadership Award.

Leonard lives in Boalsburg with her husband Chuck.  They have one daughter, Becky, and three grandchildren—Cody, Brittany and Linsey.  Her retirement plans include reading, working in the yard, and hopefully taking up golf again!