MBA student Leslie Harris
With President Bevan Morris, Dr. Craig Pearson, Adrienne Schoenfeld, and fellow members of the Enlightened Leadership Program
With MUM students and staff at a salsa/Zumba party
With friends at the TM-Sidhi program graduation party
Leslie Harris - Housing Director,
MBA Student, and Personal Trainer
Leslie Harris came to MUM in May 2012 from Florida, where she taught English and humanities as an adjunct professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Since earning her M.A. in arts and humanities education from New York University in 2000, Leslie has held a variety of positions in the education field, including co-founder and co-principal of a school.
Due to her health challenges, including fibromyalgia, she became interested in alternative medicine and meditation and was looking to relocate to a healthy and stress-free environment. In 2010, Leslie learned of MUM and researched it on the Internet, but was not sure whether she wanted to move to Iowa. When she saw the Oprah special on Fairfield in March 2012, she and her family made the decision to come to MUM. Leslie, her two sons, and her mother felt at home in Fairfield at once.
Leslie started working in the housing department as bookkeeper and coordinator and soon was promoted to director of housing and mailroom. She coordinates room assignments on campus for students, staff, faculty, and guests and communicates with various departments about their housing needs. One of her innovations is the introduction of a student housing application form that facilitates finding rooms for new students.
In January, Leslie began the part-time MBA program. “After being here, I realized that the MBA degree would help in my work at MUM and also in what I would like to do in my own business,” said Leslie. “In June, I became a certified NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) personal trainer and want to help others with health conditions like mine.” Leslie teaches Zumba® exercise classes at MUM and someday would like to open her own studio.
Leslie also joined MUM’s Enlightened Leadership Program (ELP), which helped her feel more connected to the University. With her prior experience in education, she hopes to contribute in the areas of accreditation or global expansion. This past summer, Leslie learned the TM-Sidhi® program and plans to stay in Fairfield and be involved with MUM long-term.
“I always marvel at Leslie’s unswerving determination and fortitude,” said Adrienne Schoenfeld, director of the ELP. “There is nothing that can stop this woman, especially when it comes to her desire to help ease pain and suffering in the world and to motivate others to do the same.”