Dr. Randy Leite, dean of the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP), is an expert on family dynamics, the role of fatherhood, child custody and the effects of public policy on families. The latter is one of the most misunderstood, but has the most impact on families, he notes.
Leite’s interest in the study of father involvement has developed from a changing national demographic that indicates nearly half of all children today are born to unmarried mothers, and more than half of all children are growing up without their father residing in the home.
“The impacts of positive father involvement on many child well-being outcomes have been well-documented,” Leite says. “I believe it is important to understand those factors that may discourage or limit such involvement.”
Leite’s interest in fatherhood is also reflected in his appointment by Gov. Ted Strickland and reappointment by Gov. John Kasich to serve as a member of the Ohio Fatherhood Commission, where he works with other commissioners to enhance support for positive fathering across Ohio.
As an academic leader, Leite also has taught classes on higher education policy and legal issues.