February 13, 2013

Alabama A&M University Unveils Student Ombuds Office

The historically black university in Normal, Alabama has appointed Leatha M. Bennett to serve as its first Academic Student Ombudsman and Advocate. Despite the name, the position serves as, "an impartial, independent, confidential, safe and informal dispute" resource for 4,500 undergraduate students and the university community. Bennett, who previously served as the Director of the Office of Retention and Academic Support, has worked at the university for over 11 years.

Bennett received her bachelor's degree from Tougaloo College, a master's degree from The Ohio State University; and a PhD from Washington State University.  She has done research on positively affecting student learning behavior, and she developed and directed an academic intervention and retention program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  She is also a member of the International Ombudsman Association.  (AAMU Ombuds.)

1 comment:

  1. Attorney Kosakowski, thank you for the blog. Dr. Bennett is an excellent individual who will serve the AAMU well in her position as Ombuds. Her years of academic and professional experience along with her personality make for a great resource for the students and the university community.