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Leigh Cherry

Leigh Cherry

PhD Candidate, Higher Education Administration


Originally from Tennessee, Leigh spent time after high school between Utah, Texas, and Vermont before moving back to Tennessee in 2017 to work for the UT System Office of Academic Affairs and Student Success. She currently serves as Coordinator for Student Success Initiatives and oversees student-success projects focused on mental health and well-being, veterans, coordination between academic and student affairs, and seamless transfer between UT campuses. She has also coordinated Tennessee's Reverse Transfer, a program that allows transfer students currently attending four-year schools the ability to combine four-year and community college credits to receive an associate degree.

Before joining the UT System, Cherry served as Student Success Coordinator at a Liberal Arts College in New England, a Spanish language content developer and instructional designer, and adjunct professor of Spanish. 

Hobbies and Interests: Being outdoors, cooking, reading, and listening to podcasts.


Free speech in higher education, transfer student success, and college student mental health.


  • BA in Spanish Teaching and TESOL, Brigham Young University
  • MA in Spanish Pedagogy, Brigham Young University

Professional Service

Leigh currently serves as Coordinator for Student Success Initiatives, UT System Office, Academic Affairs and Student Success.

Leigh Cherry

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