Meet the Staff

Director, Community and Education Partnerships

Brandon Smith

Brandon M. Smith is an LSU alum and native of the Greater Baton Rouge area. As the Director of Community and Education Partnerships, Smith is the primary contact between Louisiana State University and key external constituencies including, the city-parish government, local school districts, nonprofit and faith-based organizations; and the historic, Old South Baton Rouge community. He also works with the President and Provost to build community partnerships and coordinate outreach communications.

Before assuming the position of Director, Smith was an fourth-grade educator with the East Baton Rouge Parish School System through Teach for America. He is also an ordained minister in the Church of God in Christ, Inc and serves locally as pastor of Grace Covenant Community Church. In 2011, Smith received the Business Report's Forty Under 40 award which honored men and women under the age of 40 who are influencing decisions, capturing the entrepreneurial spirit and balancing bottom-line results with involvement in community and charitable activities.  

Smith is married to Rachanda Wilson Smith; they have one daughter, Katelyn and two sons, Wilson and Brennan.


Graduate Assistant

Clarence headshot Clarence Sutton is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program at LSU. He graduated from Alabama State University   with his B.S. in Business Management and continued to attend the Department of Public Administration at LSU.

Clarence has had the opportunity to work in various communities including Tuscaloosa, Prattville, Selma, Baton Rouge, Washington DC, and Syracuse, NY; and has constantly made an effort to effect these communities through research, advocacy, and creating meaningful partnerships.

Clarence works as the editor of the Bengal Bottom Line along with the CUP Weekly Wrap-Up. He also provides support for the Capital Area Promise along with other initiatives.


Graduate Assistant

Lauren ToomeyLauren Toomey is a first-year master's student in the Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration program at LSU. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University, and went on to serve with City Year AmeriCorps in San Jose, California.

Lauren has dedicated much of her time to the service of young people throughout the community and looks to continue this by maintaining and creating effective community programs and partnerships. 

Among other initiatives, Lauren is responsible for managing LSU's Literacy Lagniappe Program and providing support for the Capital Area Promise.