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Derek Leonard

Derek Leonard
Title: Director, Campus Recreation and Wellness
Phone: 706-864-1622

Office: Recreation Center, 110, Dahlonega


Originally from Dalton, GA, Derek has worked at the University of North Georgia since August 2011. He has served as the Director of Recreational Sports since May 2012. Derek has a strong passion for recreation and wellness and believes strongly in the value it provides students outside the classroom. Derek’s special interest within recreation lies within the impact that recreation programming has on student leadership and development of soft skills such as communication, problem solving, and working within a team environment.


  • M.A., Higher Education & Student Personnel, University of Mississippi, 2010
  • B.S., International Affairs, Georgia Tech, 2008

Work Experience

Graduate Assistant for Intramural Sports & Sport Clubs, Ole Miss 2008-2010

Assistant Director, Recreational Sports, UNG 2011

Director, Recreational Sports, UNG, 2012-Present

Personal Information

When Derek is away from work he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Alyssa, and their chocolate lab Emma Lou. Derek is a huge sports fan and can be found frequenting Georgia Tech, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Hawks games. He also enjoys a good round of golf and being outdoors on the lake or river as much as possible.

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