AVP, Strategic Initiatives and Programs
Margaret Leary joined the USD community as the Associate Dean of Students in January 2009. Among other responsibilities, she coordinates assessment and strategic planning efforts for the student affairs division, facilitates the development and implementation of living-learning communities, and supports institutional assessment and retention efforts.
After earning a BS in Accountancy from Villanova University, Margaret began her professional career as a CPA in public accounting. She returned to Villanova to earn her MS in Counseling and Human Relations and begin her career in higher education. Before arriving at USD, she gained experience in residential life, counseling and other areas in student affairs from Villanova University, Arcadia University, University of the Pacific, and Dartmouth College. Margaret is currently working on her Ph.D. at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at USD.