Dr. Kim M. LeDuff
Vice President of People and Culture at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA
Dr. Kim M. LeDuff is a visionary leader with a knack for building and
motivating strong teams. She currently serves as Vice President of People and
Culture at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA. In that role, she manages Human Resources, diversity and inclusion efforts, strategic planning, and community engagement. She takes pride in the fact that inclusive excellence is always at the heart of her work.
Prior to joining the Museum in January of 2022, LeDuff spent 23 years working
in higher education. In her last role, she served as Vice President for Academic
Engagement and Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of West Florida (UWF) in Pensacola. The university won six Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Awards from Insight into Diversity Magazine, under her leadership.
She was also part of the leadership team that led UWF to top status in the Florida Board of Governor’s metrics for three consecutive years. As the founding Vice President for the Division of Academic Engagement at UWF, she brought units together and strategically allocated resources to increase student success. She also created UWF’s Cross-Cultural Competence Certificate program.
LeDuff was tenured and promoted to Professor at UWF and Associate Professor
at the University of Southern Mississippi where she held leadership roles in the
School of Mass Communication and Journalism. She served as faculty at Hampton University in Virginia and Xavier University of Louisiana (her alma mater).
Her research focuses on representations of race, gender, and class in mass
media. She has authored a number of articles, book chapters, and presentations. She is the author of Tales of Two Cities: How to Race and Crime Intersect on Local TV News (based on her dissertation research) and co-author of Race and News: Critical Perspectives.
LeDuff completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard
University and earned the Fundraising Management Certificate from The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Indiana University, an M.A. from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a B.A. from the Xavier University of Louisiana.
In 2020, LeDuff received the Leadership in Education Award from the Greater
Pensacola Chamber. She was also recognized by Xavier University, with the 40 under 40 Alumni award. In 2012, she was honored by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning as Diversity Educator of the year.