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Portrait of Courtney Leonard

Courtney Leonard, MBA

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Educational Background

Master of Business Administration, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan

Bachelor of Applied Arts, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan


Purpose – Mission of work

Our purpose is to honor the core values of freedom, education, charity and justice and ensure all Clarke students have the resources, tools and support to be successful.

Professional Background

I have spent my career in the non-profit sector focused on higher education and healthcare philanthropy.

Hobbies-interests-volunteer work

My family and I enjoy traveling and exploring new places.

In addition to my professional duties and volunteer committee work at Clarke, I am active in the community currently serving as president for the regional chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I am also a fundraising volunteer for St. Francis Xavier Basilica and a committee member for the annual gala benefitting St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Dyersville, Iowa.

Certifications and Memberships

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Tri-State Chapter: Executive Board Member 2015-2023; Chapter President 2022; Outstanding Professional Fundraiser Award 2021
  • 2021-22 Council of Independent Colleges Senior Leadership Academy Participant