Dr. Leah Fiorentino
Dr. Leah Holland Fiorentino is the Executive Director of the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.
Fiorentino is responsible for organizing the Executive Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the NCEA, which provides opportunities in intercollegiate athletics participation for more than 800 female student-athletes at 22 participating institutions at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels.
She is charged with creating and leading the NCEA Foundation Advisory Council, will steer the NCEA’s standing committees and will serve as a spokesperson for the NCEA. The NCEA Foundation Advisory Council, a newly approved structure comprised of expert stakeholders, will provide a crucial link to the equine industry and equestrian community leadership.
Fiorentino, who has been involved in higher education for more than 25 years, is currently a tenured full professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke following a four-year term as the university’s Dean of the School of Education. Her recent work has been primarily in the area of kinesiology related to higher education leadership opportunities for women.
Fiorentino, who graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Stony Brook University while competing at the Division I level on the men’s swim team, understands the importance of opportunities for women to compete at the highest level as a result of her collegiate competitive experiences prior to the full implementation of Title IX.
Fiorentino holds a master of arts degree in physical education from Adelphi University, a master of education in movement science and education from Columbia University and a doctor of education in movement science and education also from Columbia.
Among her professional service activities, Fiorentino has been elected to leadership positions in the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance as well as key committee appointments within the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.
Fiorentino is the mother of two daughters who participated in Division I intercollegiate athletics. Logan was an equestrian student-athlete at the University of Georgia and is now the head hunt seat coach at Texas Christian University, and Kendel was a swimming student-athlete at the University of South Carolina.