Mr. Leachman has over 30 years of geospatial program experience. Mr. Leachman came to Arkansas Tech from Louisiana where he directed the Office of Electronic Services. In Louisiana, among other things, he developed Continuity of Operations Plans for key information systems. He previously was manager of Imagery and Geospatial Systems at Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon Corporation where he was responsible for providing and supporting imagery and mapping systems for U. S. government agencies. His corporate experience includes systems engineering, planning, budgeting, training, and ISO 9000 accreditation.
At Arkansas Tech Mr. Leachman teaches several undergraduate and graduate Emergency Management courses focusing on developing emergency management systems, application of technology in emergency management, program management, and continuity of operations. He also supports operation of the campus Emergency Operations Center and development of associated Emergency Operations Plans. His research interests include application of Geographic Information Systems, Hazards Modeling and Simulation, and Systems Engineering/Project Management technologies to Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Mr. Leachman has integrated these technologies into the curriculum, has directed student research, and has conducted outreach projects that apply these technologies to flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, and other known threats.
Mr. Leachman served as Interim Head of the EM Department from 2007 through 2011. In this role he has expanded the outreach component of both programs to the point that a separate, dedicated organizational element has been established to handle the growing need for service projects. Consequently, in 2010 the Center for Preparedness and Recovery was established as the outreach component of the department. Mr. Leachman has served on the university strategic planning initiative and the 2011 HLC Self-Study Committee. He also serves on the Arkansas Continuity of Operations Technology Working Group and as the university representative on the Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network (AREON) Management Committee.