Jessica Leonard

Assistant Director, Center for Global Citizenship/International Student Services

Centre College is constantly evolving to serve the needs of our student body. We pride ourselves on providing a transformational education in a personal environment. Admitting a large body of international students each year, Centre acknowledges its responsibility to accommodate international students and provide services to help with their integration.  As a result, Centre dedicates the International Student Services office to fulfill this mission. The office’s objective is to provide services and programs to accommodate and improve the quality of the experiences of international students on Centre campus. The office encourages international students to share their opinions and suggestions as well as their personal experiences. International students’ input allows the office to gain a great understanding of the experience of the student body and thereby assess current programs and services. Jessica Leonard and the office are committed to addressing and accommodating students’ every needs. The office welcomes all international students to reach out when they are in need or simply to share their daily experiences.

Her office is in the Davidson Room of Old Carnegie. Please contact Jessica Leonard at:

or 859-238-6106



Karen Tubb

ESL/International Student Services Support Specialist

Karen Tubb is the ESL/International Student Services Support Specialist, who will help you with any concerns you have from academic to socializing.

Centre College welcomes students from around the country and the world. The unique perspectives international and multilingual students bring enrich our campus community. To aid students whose primary language is not English, the ESL and International Student Services Support Specialist provides help with homework, presentations, projects, essays, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural adjustment.


"My function here at Centre as the ESL/ISS Support Specialist is to meet with students to help them adjust to life at Centre and in Danville both academically and socially. For the past 19 years I have taught French. I started my career in Southern California at a high school in San Bernardino. After moving to Danville in 2005 I taught French at Danville High School. And most recently, since 2012 I have taught beginning French here at Centre. As Mr. Rogers once said ‘There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.’ With that quote in mind, I love working with students to help them wrestle with their problems, to discover how they learn, to help them develop and enhance their skills, and to encourage them to live up to their highest potential."- Karen Tubb

Her office is in Young 128. For more information about her office hours or to set up an appointment, please contact Karen Tubb at

or 859-238-6327


Thanksgiving, with turkey and all the trimmings, is a uniquely American tradition that junior Matthew Gamble, an exchange student from Northern Ireland, says, "I learned about watching movies and TV shows." This year, however, Gamble got his first real taste of the American holiday, thanks to Centre College's Leonard Demoranville, assistant professor of chemistry, and his wife, Judy Jenkins, who recently opened their home to international students from Centre for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. According to Gamble, opportunities like this—which are distinctly characteristic of the personal relationships that Centre professors develop with their students—are a helpful step in "adjusting to life in America and learning more what it is like to live here, specifically in Kentucky." Meritxell Roca, an exchange student from Spain who also attended the dinner, agrees. "It makes Centre more familiar. In Spain, you never go to your professor's house." In keeping with Thanksgiving tradition, both students express that it is this personal introduction to the "American way of life" for which they are grateful. "I'm really thankful for being able to settle into Centre life and the people that I've met," Gamble says. He adds that Centre professors also have been very supportive in helping him adjust to living in the United States. Roca, too, is appreciative of the Centre Experience. "Moving from Spain to the U.S. and studying at Centre is really different from what I was used to," she explains. "I really like it, so I'm thankful for that."