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University hires director for Women's Leadership Center
2/12/09

Alfred University has hired Julia A. Overton-Healy of Coudersport, PA, as its new director of the Women’s Leadership Center (WLC).

With more than 20 years of experience in public higher education, Overton-Healy has served in positions in faculty, staff, and administration across academic and student affairs. She becomes the second director of the WLC at Alfred University replacing Amy Jacobson, who has moved to the Division of University Relations as director of gift planning.

Kathy Woughter, vice president of Student Affairs, commented, “I am pleased to welcome Julia to the Student Affairs Division. I am confident that with her great skills and previous management of Mansfield (PA) University's leadership program, Julia will continue the traditions of excellence and innovation that have been established by our previous director … I look forward to the next phase of our Women's Leadership Center with Julia at the helm.”

“I am honored to join Alfred University and the team of the Student Affairs Division,” said Overton-Healy. “The opportunity — academically, personally, and professionally — that AU offers to students can be life-transforming. The work of the Women’s Leadership Center is exciting, and I will very much enjoy honoring the legacy of Alfred, and of my predecessor Amy, while we move the WLC to a new level of excellence and distinction. I believe we have the capacity to achieve national recognition for the study and development of leadership and that’s my intention.”

Overton-Healy is currently a doctor of education candidate in administration and leadership studies, higher education administration track, at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She earned a certificate in the Art and Practice of Leadership from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She also earned a master of arts degree in speech communication with concentrations in organizational communication and interpersonal communication from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, as well a bachelor of arts degree with a double major of speech communication and education K-12, also from Eastern Illinois.

Prior to her new position at AU, Overton-Healy was Career Development Center director at Mansfield University. She was on the Student Affairs Management Team until 2006, at which point she joined the Academic Affairs Division and served on the Provost Council, the President’s Leadership Task Force, and the University Strategic Planning Team.

In addition, she has been an assistant professor of communications at the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, and has served as a corporate recruiter, giving her firsthand experience with leadership issues for college graduates in the work force.

Overton-Healy holds membership in a variety of professional organizations including the National Association for Student Personnel Administration, the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs, the American Association for University Women, and the Order of Omega, an organization of men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-fraternity activities.