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Leslie Doyle, Ed.D.

Interim Director


Leslie Doyle, Ed.D. (she/her/hers) serves as the new Interim Director. In this position, Doyle leads SDSJ to continue its mission to advocate with a diverse student population to amplify and affirm student’s identities through an intersectional framework to promote student success. Doyle earned a Bachelor of Science at Northwest Missouri State University, a Master of Science in higher education at the University of Kansas, Master of Management in business and leadership at Fontbonne University, and Doctor of Education in higher education leadership at Maryville University.

She began her career at the University of Kansas (KU) in 1997 in housing. Dr. Doyle served as a Hall Director and as Program Coordinator for the most diverse residence hall on campus. Dr. Doyle served in this capacity until her resignation from KU to join Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1999.

Dr. Leslie Doyle joined Nebraska Wesleyan University in October 1999 as the Multicultural Student Coordinator leading programming efforts around diversity and inclusion and advising multicultural student groups. In 2005, she left this post to join Fontbonne University as the director of multicultural affairs.

She progressively gained more responsibilities and in 2008 was promoted to the director of service, diversity and social justice overseeing community service and diversity and inclusion efforts. Following the death of Mike Brown in St. Louis in 2014, Dr. Doyle began leading strategic diversity, and inclusion efforts for Fontbonne University including chairing an academic initiative focused on Civil Rights called the Dedicated Semester and being appointed by the university president to chair the Standing Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

In April 2019, Dr. Doyle became the inaugural Chief Inclusion Officer at Rockhurst University. As Chief Inclusion Officer, Dr. Doyle oversaw the office of diversity, equity and inclusion, bringing almost two decades of experience in higher education to the job.

Outside of higher education, Dr. Doyle has served as a consultant and speaker to various organizations with a focus on equity. Dr. Doyle’s work spans various industries from healthcare, non-for-profits and religious institutions.