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Mike Leach

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Mike Leach is the Director of the Center for Student Success at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges. The Center supports Arkansas two-year colleges in adopting institutional innovations aimed at improving student success, and works to establish a federal and state policy environment supportive of student success.

Mike has developed and managed a variety of institutional reform projects in partnership with Arkansas two-year colleges, including a statewide TAACCT grant and the nationally recognized Arkansas Career Pathways initiative. These projects are driving cutting edge innovation at the college level in virtually every facet of college operations, including developmental education and academic program redesign, changes in advising and student support services, and institutional research capacity building. Mike also has been an adjunct instructor for American National Government at Pulaski Technical College since 2003.

Mike has extensive experience in public policy development and advocacy, working as the Government Relations Director at Southern Bancorp, a community organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation, and a Legislative Aide for United States Senator Harris Wofford.

Mike has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a M.A. in Educational Administration, Policy and Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.