Randy Leite, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Randy Leite, Ph.D. has accepted the role of executive director of the Appalachian Children’s Coalition. For the past twelve years, Leite served as dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University; leading the College through a period of dramatic growth and expanded focus on community impact in Appalachia. During his time as dean, the College grew to encompass nearly 10,000 students in 16 academic disciplines. The College also became a leader at the University in community engagement activity. While dean, he facilitated the development of the University’s Center for Campus and Community Engagement, the Opiate Task Force, and the Ohio Alliance for Innovation in Population Health. Prior to his time at Ohio University, Leite was a faculty member at Bowling Green State University where he also created the Institute for Child and Family Policy. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of positions at institutions such as The Ohio State University, Otterbein University, and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Leite has had a long interest in child and family well-being. He holds a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University and has conducted research and taught on father involvement with children, family dynamics, and child & family policy. His interest in this area is also reflected in his having been appointed by Ohio’s three most recent governors to serve as a commissioner on the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood where he works to promote meaningful father involvement with children.


During his time in southeast Ohio, Leite has been involved in numerous community organizations and initiatives including contributing to the development of Live Healthy Appalachia, promoting the establishment of AthensHOPE and the Age-Friendly Athens initiatives, and serving on the boards of numerous organizations including Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, Integrated Services for Behavioral Health, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, Rural Action, Live Healthy Appalachia, and the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Association. Leite and his wife Theresa, a certified nurse midwife, split their time between Hilliard and Athens. They have three children and two grandchildren.