Dennis Leblanc was named Nebraska's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academics in 2007, after being promoted from associate athletic director for academic programs and student services. He was named an associate athletic director in 1998 and has directed the academic program since 1993. Leblanc has been with the academic support program for student-athletes since 1987.
Under Leblanc, Nebraska has become the national leader in CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for football and all sports, NCAA Today’s Top Eight Award honorees and recipients of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship.
Over the past decade, Nebraska’s academic support program for student-athletes has received outstanding reviews from the NCAA Certification Review Team and the Nebraska Faculty Intercollegiate Athletic Committee.
Leblanc is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A). In 2002, he received the prestigious Lan Hewlett Award presented by the N4A to an athletic administrator in recognition of distinguished performance in providing personal, academic and professional guidance to student-athletes.
Leblanc was presented the Chancellor’s Award for Exemplary Service to Students at the 2004 University of Nebraska Honors Convocation, which recognizes individuals who go beyond the performance of their assigned work, devoting extra time and effort in serving the needs of students. In May of 2007, Leblanc received the Hero Mentor Award through the American Red Cross, which annually recognizes a person for outstanding leadership and mentoring.
Leblanc earned his undergraduate degree from Bethany College, and a master’s degree from Wichita State. He is and his wife, Coreen, have four children, including daughters Olivia and twins Madeleine and Mackenzie, and a son, Christian.