|Position:||University of Nebraska Athletics|
|Other Position:||Executive Associate A.D./Academics|
Dennis Leblanc was named Nebraska’s Executive Associate Athletics Director for Academics in 2015, after being promoted from senior associate athletics director for Academic Programs and Student Services. He has directed the academic program since 1993. Leblanc, who has been with the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes since 1987, joined the Nebraska Athletics Department in 1983 as a member of the track and field staff.
Under Leblanc’s leadership, Nebraska has become the national leader in CoSIDA Academic All-Americans for football and all sports, NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award honorees and recipients of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship. Since he joined the academic staff in 1987, 247 of Nebraska’s 323 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans have been honored, while NU has claimed 14 of its 17 NCAA Today Top Ten Award recipients. Over 3,000 Husker student-athletes have earned their degrees under Leblanc's leadership.
In the 2015-16 academic year, the 86% graduation success rate (GSR) for the Nebraska student-athletes was the highest GSR ever achieved for the second consecutive year. Also, for the first time in school history, all Nebraska teams acheived an NCAA Academic Performance Rate (APR) of 960 or higher.
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 Athletics Committee. In 2012, Nebraska’s program became one of only 21 programs nationally to be certified by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A) for meeting the established standards of service for student-athletes as outlined by the N4A.
Leblanc is a member of the N4A, and in 2002 he received its prestigious Lan Hewlett Award presented 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 above and beyond their assigned duties, devoting extra time and effort in serving the needs of students. In 2005, he was presented with Honorary Mortar Board membership honoring him for his leadership and service to students. In 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 University. He and his wife, Coreen, have four children: Olivia, Christian and twins Madeleine and Mackenzie.