Leslie Smith of Hartford has been named director of The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford. Smith has taught American government at the University of Hartford 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 Katherine Black, dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Arts and Sciences. “She will be instrumental in helping us strategize for the future, plan Center events, and increase student participation."
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College. She formerly worked at Sutherland, Asbill and Brennan in Washington D.C. and at Robinson & Cole in Hartford.
"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 at the University of Hartford 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.