Professor Leslie Smith has been named director of The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University. Smith has taught American government at the University since 2000 and directed the Politics, Economics, and International Studies Department’s internship program since 2005.
“Leslie brings a great deal of wisdom and experience to this position,” said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Katherine Black. “She will be instrumental in helping us strategize for the future, plan Center events, and increase student participation."
"I am very pleased that Leslie has joined the Rell Center as its new executive director,” said former Gov. M. Jodi Rell. “Her background and experience will be invaluable as we continue to offer programs of interest in today's changing political climate."
The mission of The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service is to provide a community and academic forum for the discussion of ethics in government, the importance of civil discourse in politics, and citizen involvement in public service and government. The Center also seeks to encourage students and others to pursue careers in public service and to assist in providing a clearinghouse for student public service internships.