Julie Leeth, Ed.D.

Julie Leeth, Ed.D.

Julie Leeth, Ed.D. is the Executive Vice President for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, where she coordinates the Foundation’s nationally recognized Rural Schools Partnership and oversees relationships with more than 400 nonprofit agencies. In addition, Julie supervises the Community Foundation's grantmaking portfolio, its thirty-plus community Youth Empowerment Projects, and the highly successful Ozarks Teacher Corps, where outstanding teaching candidates receive scholarship support and community development training while making the commitment to return to rural hometowns or nearby communities as public school teachers. The program, which partners with five higher education institutions, has a placement rate of 93%.

Julie also specializes in building long-term assets for rural communities through the establishment of education foundations and school-related funds. This is a special passion for her after spending 30 years as a teacher and administrator in the Springfield Public Schools, where she received a national award for her support of freedom of speech while serving as principal at Springfield’s Hillcrest High School. In all, her various roles included teacher, administrator, and assistant superintendent.

Julie graduated from Drury University and completed her graduate work at Missouri State University and the University of Arkansas. A lifelong resident of the Springfield, Missouri, Julie’s husband, Bruce, is a contractor and their son, Patterson, resides in the Twin Cities.

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