MAE Alumna Audrey Horstmann Publishes Article in Journal

Audrey HorstmannAudrey Horstmann, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Arts in Education program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, published an article entitled “Learning Through Gardening” in the Fall 2015 edition of the Journal for Christian Educators.

In her article, Audrey writes, “Gardening in the outdoor classroom yields a harvest of opportunities for students and teachers alike to acquaint themselves with highly effective strategies such as note taking, the use of graphic organizers, speaking, and listening. Learning in the garden gives students a unique advantage to grow beyond the traditional classroom.”

Click here to view the full article as a PDF as it appeared in print.

AUSB’s Graduate Education Department offers a variety of Masters and Credential Programs. Whether you’re an aspiring teacher or an experienced educator, we have a program that is tailored to your needs. To learn more, please visit

Posted on January 15, 2016

Antioch University Santa Barbara Announces Presidential Search

Antioch University Santa Barbara campusAntioch University seeks applications and nominations for the position of President of Antioch University Santa Barbara. The next President will have the opportunity to lead a growing beautiful campus, to expand enrollment and foster the development of cutting-edge curricula, and innovative approaches to education for adult learners, and be an active member in a vibrant, close-knit community.

The start date is expected in early summer of 2016. Please visit the Employment section on the website for full details.

Posted January 8, 2016

PsyD Program Names 2015-16 Student Award Recipients

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Antioch University Santa Barbara has announced its student award recipients for the 2015-16 academic year.

PsyD award winners 2015-16
From left: Kayleigh Hay, Suzanne Frost, Samuel Ballou, Michelle Greenspoon Barrett, Francisco Ramirez

Award for Excellence in Professionalism

Kayleigh Hay: Kayleigh is currently in her pre-doctoral CAPIC Internship at the Lifeskills Treatment Program in the Los Angeles area. Kayleigh has excelled in learning clinical supervision and management.

Suzanne Frost: Suzanne is a third year PsyD student, and her first practicum was at the Hillmont House, where she was also recognized for her outstanding contribution and professionalism as a doctoral student. Suzanne worked with the severely mentally ill in both group and individual therapy. This year she is providing therapy for students and their families at a local elementary school.

Samuel Ballou: Samuel is a third year PsyD student, and his practicum site is with A New Start for Moms in Ventura County Behavioral Health. He works with single-parent women and also with the homeless. He gained experience with quantitative research at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program. And he speaks five languages!

Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

Michelle Greenspoon Barrett: Michelle has completed and presented her dissertation on “The Relationship Between Empathy and Humor Styles and Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Public Mental Health Workplace,” passed her professional competency evaluation, and is on track to be placed in her pre-doctoral internship. Michelle has excelled in research and is a published author.

Award for Excellence in Social Justice

Francisco Ramirez: Cisco’s practicum site is the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and he works with children in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment plans. He developed a non-profit organization with a colleague that provides mental health assistance to first responders. Cisco has been a police officer and also served five tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

AUSB’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. To learn more, visit

Posted December 22, 2015

Teaching Credential Program Explores Math and Movement Workshop

Every year before Thanksgiving, the Teacher Credential program’s Real World Math class enjoys Jody Nelson’s workshop on Math and Movement.

Jody involves the teacher candidates in exercises with hula hoops, playground balls, and jump ropes. They learn hand games, team games, and physical activity to learn new ways to teach telling time and number sense. The human knot activity engages language, leadership, and trust.

The evening is most memorable for the laughter and camaraderie enjoyed by all in the program. See more photos from this workshop:

Math and Movement

Math and Movement

Math and Movement

Math and Movement

Math and Movement

Math and Movement

Math and Movement

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Posted December 17, 2015

$75,000 Grant Awarded for Healthy Aging Students

Healthy Aging concentrationAntioch University Santa Barbara has received a collaborative grant totaling $75,000 to support the training of qualified students enrolled in the Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program’s concentration in Healthy Aging.

The Santa Barbara Foundation Family Caregiver Systems and Support Grants award is aimed at improving caregiver capacity and integrated services for seniors. The Concentration in Healthy Aging’s unique approach builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and community supports to overcome the challenges of aging.

“So many families struggle with caring for an elder loved one, yet there are few professionals uniquely trained to help them. This grant offers an unusual partnership opportunity for three markedly different organizations to respond immediately to an urgent community need,” says MA in Clinical Psychological Psychology Program Chair Elizabeth Wolfson. “Through AUSB’s Concentration in Healthy Aging, graduates will begin to fill the gap as they give back to our community. As the cadre of specialists in Healthy Aging and Caregiver Support grow exponentially, our community will benefit and serve as a model to other communities seeking to fill this gap.”

This grant was awarded for a pioneering project developed in partnership with Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association. The funds will be directed to the education and training of Healthy Aging students who are being trained to provide emotional and psychological support to the growing numbers of community members who experience stress as a result of caring for an elder.

Through this grant students will receive scholarships and specialized training and mentorship as they work with client population of Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association. The goal is to grow the numbers of qualified practitioners who can respond to the increasing needs of elders and their families and contribute their expertise to the community as a whole.

“It’s really exciting to be in the Healthy Aging concentration because I know that it’s going to provide me some benefits as I come out of the program,” said Cindy Mayer, a current student in the Healthy Aging concentration. “One of the things I feel I’m getting from this program is a really great baseline of knowledge on older populations, specifically clinical skills … and some of the generational issues that we have to address when working with older populations.”

The opportunity to apply for a scholarship up to $4,000 for a paid traineeship will be available to any MACP student who is already enrolled in or opts to move into the concentration in Healthy Aging. The opportunity to move into the Healthy Aging cohort is open to all students who began their course of study in Fall 2015 or will begin their study in Winter 2016.

Please contact Elizabeth ( or Mariela Marin, Director of Clinicial Training ( if you have questions.  If you are ready to pursue eligibility, please immediately contact Jackie Toth, Student Advisor at

Posted December 11, 2015

Antioch University Highly Rated By U.S. News for Serving Adult Students

Adult Learners at AUSBU.S. News released a report ranking schools based on the percentage of students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the 2014-2015 academic year age 25 or older, and Antioch University’s Midwest (AUM) campus came in as number one. When all five campuses are combined, the University as a whole would be ranked fifth in the country, demonstrating that Antioch University offers a very attractive learning environment for adult students.

Antioch University has a long history of serving adult students completing bachelor’s degrees or pursuing advanced degrees. The report ranked AUM first with 95 percemt of its students older than 25. Enrollment data for all of Antioch University’s five campuses throughout the U.S. shows that more than 82 percent of the university’s students are 25 or older have ranked the university as fifth in the nation.

The recent announcement on the U.S. News website states: “Not all students set out for college immediately after high school graduation. Some enlist in the military, spend time in the workforce or take time off to travel the world. For those who choose to go to college later in life, having classmates who reflect their age, interests and experiences can help ease the transition from the ‘real world’ to the world of an undergraduate student.”

The statement mirrors Antioch University’s focus, culture and emphasis on transformative education for working adults.

“Adult learners prefer to be in an environment with other adults, especially undergraduates who are returning to complete a degree,” said Felice Nudelman, chancellor of Antioch University. “For decades, we have tailored our academic programs, course scheduling, experiential learning opportunities and student services to help non-traditional students succeed. The U.S. News data, combined with our own research, demonstrates that the environment we have created is very attractive to students who are attracted to Antioch University.”

The University has a national and international reach through its five campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California, Seattle, Washington, Yellow Springs, Ohio, its online programs through Antioch University Connected, and its PhD in Leadership and Change program. To learn more about Antioch University and its academic programs, visit

About Antioch University

Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and online at AU Connected, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Posted December 9, 2015

MBA Workshop Focuses on Student Projects of First Graduating Class

MBA Class of 2015
MBA Class of 2015

The most recent workshop presented by Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master in Business Administration (MBA) program focused on the student projects of the first graduating class.

Entitled “Antioch’s Got Talent: Business Ideas on Doing Well and Doing Good,” the workshop on Friday, December 4 focused on members of the graduating class of 2015 delivering a 6 to 8 minute “pitch” of the business idea they have hatched and refined over the course of their MBA studies. In keeping with the “not your average MBA” concept, these ideas run the gamut – and bring together passion, life experience, and the tools they have learned over the past 16 months.

A feedback panel included members of the MBA Advisory Board and was moderated by Ann Hutchins, adjunct faculty in the MBA program.

For more photos of the presentations at the workshop, please visit our Facebook page.

The projects presented on Friday:


Krista Stafford: “Wine, Women & Shoes” – uniting the community and creating awareness to end sexual and domestic violence

Launch Within a Year

Jeff Arthur: “I’ve Got Five On It” – a business to raise scholarship funds to keep students in college

Yvette Duarte: “The Nursing Home Project” – building respect for an aging population

Joan Mayer:”TransPaw Gear” – a dog-friendly harness

Molika Oum: “CozDrvn” – a cause-driven approach to building your wardrobe

Frank Thompson: “Next Steps” – an innovative transitional housing solution

Launch Date TBA

Noelle Hallman: “Fund Your Future” – a regular checkup with the retirement doctor

Heidi Huchthausen: “Medtronic LATAM Medical Education and Innovations Center” – a collaborative education center in Latin America

Nicole Piuze: “Uncommon Grounds” – a community creative space

AUSB’s innovative, 16-month MBA experience is rooted in the strategic leadership model and the philosophy that social responsibility and civic engagement are at the heart of transformative business practices. For more information on the program, please visit

Posted on December 7, 2015


Antioch To Offer Courses in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

David Sobel
David Sobel

The Graduate Education and Credentialing program at Antioch University Santa Barbara will offer courses in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education during the week of January 4-8, 2016.

Educator and author David Sobel, who is core faculty and project director at the Antioch University New England Institute, will make a return visit to Santa Barbara to teach one of the courses. Sobel previously worked with AUSB on In Bloom in Santa Barbara in September and for a lecture also presented by the Wilderness Youth Project in April.

The available courses are:

Instructor: David Sobel (1.5 Units) M-F 8:30-12:00

Course Description: This course investigates ways in which children’s nature play can be used to invigorate the writing process. Making forts, hunting and gathering, constructing small worlds, going on adventures, and fantasy play are children’s instinctive ways of being in the natural world and these activities can be used as the basis for curriculum. We’ll use the surrounding neighborhood and hills to reconnect with childhood play. Out of these natural world experiences, each participant will craft a finished piece of writing by the end of the week.

Instructor: Ellen Doris and Andrew Lindsay (1.5 Units) M-F 1:00-4:30

Course Description: The best nature-based childhood teachers are knowledgeable about early childhood and local natural history. This course will focus on the natural history of the Central California Coast that most directly relates to being outdoors with children. Participants will learn the flora, fauna and natural phenomena that intrigue young children. We’ll also consider how tracking, gathering wild edibles, crafting and telling stories can encourage exploration. We’ll discuss both winter and spring natural history with a focus on keeping children engaged under hot and/or wet conditions.

These courses are electives in AUSB’s new proposed Certificate Program, or they can be used as electives for graduate students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education program. Those who want to take the classes as stand-alone experiences for their own interest or professional development are also welcome. Tuition is $679 per unit or $407 per unit for Antioch alumni. Continuing Education Units are available and included in tuition.

For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Kelly Pena at 805-962-8179 x5315 or kpena[at]

Posted on November 18, 2015

AUSB Community Celebrates Dia de los Muertos with Dancing and Costumes

Coordinated by the Latino Student Association, a group of Antioch University Santa Barbara students, alumni, and staff hosted a Dia de los Muertos celebration on Friday afternoon.

Dr. Salvador Treviño, Core Faculty in the AUSB PsyD program, served as master of ceremonies, which focused on food, art, music, and culture. Several people took the mic and shared history and memories of family and Dia de los Muertos. Dancers from the Ballet Folklorico Alma de Mexico of Santa Barbara performed in brightly colored skirts.

The celebration featured huge amounts of food – taquitos, chips and salsa, beans, rice, guacamole, and more, all free to those who attended. The food was donated by Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant, Chipotle at La Cumbre Plaza, Del Pueblo Café, La Central Bakery in Oxnard, Lala’s Bakery in Ventura, and Maria Hernandez.

Santa Barbara Chicken Ranch ($25 gift cards), Orgullo Mexicano (three handmade tote bags), and Moum Designs (handmade earrings) also donated prizes for a raffle. The proceeds will benefit the Latino Student Association.

More photos are on the AUSB Facebook page.

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos

Earlier in the week, on Wednesday, the Latino Student Association gathered to build altars on the first floor in preparation for Friday’s celebration. See more photos from Wednesday’s altar building with more photos on the AUSB Facebook page.

Dia de los Muertos altar building

Dia de los Muertos altar building

Dia de los Muertos altar building

Dia de los Muertos altar building

Dia de los Muertos altar building

Dia de los Muertos altar building


2015 Cohort Completes Women & Leadership Certificate Program

The students in the second cohort of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Women & Leadership certificate program completed their third and final residency and were awarded their certificates last weekend.

Women & Leadership 2015
AUSB’s Women & Leadership Cohort of 2015 receiving their certificates.

The 13 members of the cohort started the program in January and have worked closely together through last weekend’s residency on personal and professional development skills and networking. Each woman produced an experiential leadership project as part of the program. This year’s projects are:

Carma Caughlan: Go Girl Equestrian Program
Andria Cohen: Andria Martinez Cohen for City Council 2015: The journey of a political novice
Le’Wanda Croft: Day of Serving
Paola Dela Cruz: Leading My Team
Jennifer Fullerton: Carpe Diem
Guille Gil-Reynoso: Evolving Latino Landscape
Shelby Harrington: Inclusivity in Academia: Creating Community by Expanding Knowledge
Sarah Hayes: Research on Global Impacts of Decentralized Textile Production
Charlene Macharia: ALL Ladies League Santa Barbara Chapter
Julie Morello: Leadership & Character Building with Children
Lesley Moss: On Site – Day Care
Lisa Myers: Patagonia Global Employee Engagement
Jessica Sanchez: Engaging and Attracting the Next Generation of Donors

Deckers group shot
Women from the current and past cohorts from Deckers Brands pose for a group photo.

Highlights from the weekend included a public presentation of all projects, a program completion ceremony, and a reception for family and friends. The program was led by instructors Carol Tisson, Jacqueline Olivera, and Cindy Levine and was supported by AUSB President Nancy Leffert, Board of Trustees member Susan Rose, W&L program coordinator Lindsay Crissman, and former W&L program director Judy Bruton.

For more photos of the weekend, visit the AUSB Facebook page.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2016 Women & Leadership Certificate Program – a unique, low-residency/virtual certificate program that prepares tomorrow’s leaders by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and mentorship to achieve professional and personal success. Learn more about the program at and request more information about joining the 2016 cohort.

Posted on October 27, 2015

PsyD Program’s Dr. Salvador Treviño Speaks at Lyceum Conference

Salvador Trevino and Betty Purify
Salvador Trevino and Betty Purify

Dr. Salvador Treviño, Core Faculty and Director of Practicum in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, was the keynote speaker at The Lyceum: Mental Health Awards and Education Luncheon presented by the Community Counseling Center on Friday, October 9 in Pismo Beach.

Dr. Treviño’s keynote speech focused on “Ancestral Knowledge in Dreams,” and he also led a bonus Continuing Education Workshop on “Latino Immigration, Cultural Trauma, and Cultural Complex.”

“Dreams not only have a personal domain but a transpersonal realm that moves away from the private world of the dreamer and into the larger encompassing field of culture and history,” Dr. Treviño said. “Knowledge of these realms is constructed by talking, listening, and reflecting on dream images that have captured the social, cultural, and historical experiences of a community of people.”

The event also included the presentation of a Community Counseling Center scholarship to Betty Purify, a student in the AUSB PsyD program.

AUSB’s PsyD program prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. Learn more at

Community Counseling Center is a non-profit mental provider staffed by qualified, state-licensed volunteer therapists or graduate level, supervised interns that has been serving San Luis Obispo County since 1968. The primary purpose is to assist individuals and families to develop the ability to find solutions, makes choices, learn healthy coping skills, and initiate changes when life becomes difficult during times of transition, depression, anxiety, trauma, and uncertainty.

The event was sponsored by Compass Health, Inc. and the Ventana Grill, and all proceeds benefit Community Counseling Center training and education programs.

Posted on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AUSB Trustee Bill Rosen Named to Statewide Water Board

Bill RosenBill Rosen, a member of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Board of Trustees since 2012, has been elected vice chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Region 5 Board.

His election to the ACWA board also comes with a seat on the agency’s governing board. According to its website, the ACWA is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country and its member agencies are responsible for 90% of the water used by cities, farms, and businesses in California.

Mr. Rosen was elected to the Goleta Water District Board of Directors in 2008 and also served as its president for five years. “This is a great honor for me and especially for the Goleta Water District to have a board member in a policy-making role on a state-wide organization,” he said in a press release announcing his election.

Mr. Rosen attended Union College where he graduated with honors in political science and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Columbia Law School and received a master of laws degree in corporate law from and New York University School of Law.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival since 2003. From 2005-2006 he sat on the Santa Barbara County Civil Grand Jury, where he was principally responsible for reports on Legal Services, Guadalupe, and Santa Maria-Bonita School District.

Posted Friday, October 16, 2015

PsyD Program Creates Partnership with Santa Barbara Unified School District

Salvadore Trevino
Dr. Salvador Treviño

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Antioch University Santa Barbara has partnered with the Santa Barbara Unified School District to provide in-school counseling services for schoolchildren and their families.

The partnership was formed between Dr. Salvador Treviño, Core Faculty and Director of Practicum for AUSB’s PsyD program, and Raul Ramirez, EdD, Assistant Superintendent at SBUSD.

Beginning in the current Fall Quarter, five PsyD students are taking part. They are: Rocio Andrade, Suzanne Frost, Mazy KarandishFrancisco Ramirez, and Ray Sullivan.

AUSB’s students will be working at Roosevelt, Washington, Monroe, and McKinley elementary schools in SBUSD. The school district and AUSB also have partnered with Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County and the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

AUSB’s PsyD program prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. Learn more about the PsyD program at

Posted October 13, 2015

Ensemble Theatre Company’s Jonathan Fox, David Studwell Speak at AUSB

Antioch in Conversation with the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa BarbaraAntioch University Santa Barbara presented an interactive conversation with Jonathan Fox and David Studwell of the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara on Monday, September 28.

Jonathan has been the Executive Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theatre since 2006 and is also directing its upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in October. David will play the lead role of Sweeney Todd in the production. AUSB’s Barbara Greenleaf served as interviewer for the event and President Dr. Nancy Leffert opened with a few remarks.

Part of the Antioch in Conversation series that has previously included television pioneer Norman Lear, Santa Barbara Symphony Music Director Nir Kabaretti, and Harvard Law School professor Laurence Tribe, Jonathan and David spoke about the inner workings of a professional theater company and answered questions from the audience. David also slipped into his Sweeney Todd character and treated the audience by singing a few lines from the show.

Antioch in Conversation with the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara“The Ensemble is all about bringing adventuresome, thought-provoking, professional theater to Santa Barbara,” Jonathan said. “The more we get the message out, the better we’ll be able to fulfill our mission. Antioch University Santa Barbara presents a perfect downtown venue to discuss our own regional theater and others around the country.”

Click here for more photos from the Antioch in Conversation event

Jonathan has directed almost 20 productions for Ensemble, including the recent WoyzeckAmadeus, and A Little Night Music. He directed Opera Santa Barbara’s 2014 production of The Consul at the Granada Theatre. Recent European productions include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Streetcar Named Desire, Visiting Mr. Green, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the English Theatre of Frankfurt, and Old Wicked Songs, Crimes of the Heart, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Vienna English Theatre. His upcoming production of Bad Jews will transfer to Frankfurt, where it will be the play’s German premiere.

Previously, Jonathan spent 12 years with Two River Theater Company in New Jersey, which he helped establish in 1994. He served as managing director of the company from 1994-99, and subsequently became its artistic director. His directing work has been seen in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Cologne, and Jonathan has received critical acclaim in The New York Times, Variety, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Jonathan received his MFA from Columbia University and is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship. He has served as an adjunct faculty member in theatre departments at UCSB, Columbia University, University of Utah, and Monmouth University.

Antioch In ConversationAntioch in Conversation is a series designed to foster public engagement  about the issues and inspirations that shape our community, society, and world.

Carol Tisson Named Women & Leadership Interim Program Director

Carol TissonCarol Tisson has been appointed Interim Program Director for the Women & Leadership Certificate program at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

Carol is an instructor for the program, teaching the Gender and Leadership course. She has been with the Women & Leadership program since its launch in January 2014.

“I am delighted to announce that Carol Tisson, our wonderful faculty member, has agreed to serve as our Interim Director of the Program,” outgoing Program Director Judy Bruton said. “Carol is an outstanding leader who is ready to serve the Program. We are delighted and quite lucky to have her step into this role.”

Carol is a management consultant and executive coach with nearly 30 years of experience in organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and culture change.

“As an Antioch graduate and one of the founding instructors in this program, I’m so proud of Women & Leadership,” Carol said. “Over the past two years, we’ve put together an outstanding ten-month process that awakens and develops conscious leadership, builds a sense of community and support, and generates results in the lives and careers of our students and for their sponsoring organizations.”

Carol enjoyed a 20-year career at Intel Corporation, during which she was a two-time recipient of the Intel Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work in executive development, and has since supported clients across technology, healthcare, financial services, and non-profit sectors.

Carol’s personal passion is empowering women’s leadership, and she is proud to count many executive women from across sectors as her clients, in addition to having this as the focus of her community and philanthropic work.

“I’ve been so inspired by the women who participate in this program, as students, as faculty and staff, as speakers, mentors, sponsors, and advocates,” Carol said. “We’re a living demonstration that ‘it takes a community to develop a leader.'”

Antioch University Santa Barbara President Dr. Nancy Leffert to Retire

Dr. Nancy LeffertDr. Nancy Leffert, president of Antioch University Santa Barbara, announced to the AUSB Board of Trustees that she would retire as president on June 30, 2016.

The seven years that Dr. Leffert has been at AUSB’s helm have been marked by notable accomplishments, most visibly the renovation and repurposing of the building at Anacapa and Cota Streets into a stunning modern facility that became AUSB’s new campus. She also was responsible for the development of two important new programs, the MBA in Social Business & Non-Profit Management, and the Women & Leadership certificate program. Thanks to her stewardship, the university also will roll out its new MFA in Writing & Contemporary Media next fall. During Dr. Leffert’s tenure, AUSB was named a Hispanic Serving Institution and was awarded a federal Title III grant, $1.6 million to launch AUSB’s College-to-Career initiative. The program is intended to increase Latino students’ access to higher education. It focuses on undergraduate degree completion and career success of Latino students.

“Nancy Leffert was the right person at the right time for AUSB,” said board chair Victoria Riskin. “She infused the institution with excitement, direction, purpose, and academic integrity. She increased enrollment and the endowment, and raised significant scholarship funds. She made good on her promise to make higher education available for students who would otherwise miss out. Not only has Nancy been a highly effective president, she has been wonderful to work with. She will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Nancy Leffert has had a long and distinguished career in higher education and social service administration, and as a scholar, author, and speaker. An internationally recognized expert in the field of child and adolescent psychology, she created the Developmental Assets Framework that reshaped the dialogue around the development of healthy children and youth that is in use in over 500 communities across the country. After obtaining her BA and Master’s degrees from San Diego State University, she was awarded a PhD in Child Psychology from the renowned Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota.

“My years at Antioch University Santa Barbara have been the most significant and fulfilling of my professional life,” Dr. Leffert said. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead the campus during a challenging period for all colleges and universities, and yet despite those challenges, AUSB has experienced enormous growth in enrollment. That growth means that our focus on increasing access to higher education has been successful, and the collaborations and partnerships we have developed has resulted in new programs that are both relevant and responsive to the needs of students in our community. There is more I want to accomplish in the next nine months, but I will leave knowing that AUSB is thriving.”