FLORENCE---Leslie E. Barnes-Young has been named director of advising and retention at Francis Marion University.
Barnes-Young, who has been a member of the FMU faculty for the last two years, replaces Karen Morrow who left the university earlier this summer to take a position with another institution.
In her new capacity, Barnes will become part of a newly created enrollment management team at FMU. The Advising and Retention Office is responsible for managing the freshman seminar program, supervising the academic advising process, directing the university’s student retention efforts, and heading up the new student orientation program.
In addition to her administrative duties, Barnes will continue to teach. She came to FMU in 1997 as an assistant professor of psychology. She previously taught at the University of Akron, the College of Wooster and at The Ohio State University.
A native of Ohio, she earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and biochemistry in 1986 from Ohio State University, a master’s in marriage and family therapy in 1990 and a doctorate in counseling psychology in 1995, both from the University of Akron.
She is a licensed counseling psychologist in South Carolina. Author of a number of refereed publications, she has served on FMU’s General Education Committee, Early Childhood Education Committee, Innovative Education Task Force, Drug and Alcohol Policy Committee, and Traffic and Parking Committee.