Chief of Staff
Leanne Wirkkula, Ph.D., was appointed Chief of Staff at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in February 2014.
An accomplished academic strategist and educational leader, Wirkkula holds more than 20 years’ experience encompassing executive leadership, academic programming, policy and project management, and marketing.
Prior to joining the University, she served in multiple capacities with the University of Minnesota. These positions included: Assistant Dean for Strategic & Academic Initiatives at the Carlson School of Management; Assistant to the Provost; Program Advisor & Coordinator for Education Student Affairs in the College of Education & Human Development; Program Director for the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; and Director of Marketing for Men’s Intercollegiate Athletics.
Most recently, Dr. Wirkkula has served as an organizational consultant at AKA Strategy in New York City.
Wirkkula holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development - Higher Education; a Master’s in Educational Policy and Administration - Higher Education; and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, all from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
She has also served as a volunteer with the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and as an election judge for the City of Minneapolis, and formerly served as Vice Chair & Commissioner on the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights.