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, who has been with the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes since 1987, joined the Nebraska Athletic 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 Eight Award honorees and recipients of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship. Since he joined the academic staff in 1987, 234 of Nebraska's 307 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans have been honored, while NU has claimed 13 of its 16 NCAA Top Eight Award recipients. More than 2,600 Husker student-athletes have earned their degrees.
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. 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. He is and his wife, Coreen, have four children, including daughters Olivia and twins Madeleine and Mackenzie, and a son, Christian.