Director, Community and Education Partnerships

Brandon SmithBrandon M. Smith is an LSU alum and native of the Greater Baton Rouge area. In 2007, Smith was named the Community Affairs Liaison and External Partnerships Officer within the Office of Academic Affairs.

As the Director of Community and Education Partnerships, Smith is the primary contact between Louisiana State University and the neighboring Old South Baton Rouge Community. The Community Affairs Liaison and External Partnerships Officer also works with the President and Provost to build and maintain external partnerships with non-profit organizations. 

Before assuming the position of Director of Community and Education Partnerships, Smith completed two years as an educator in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System through Teach for America. Smith’s community affiliations include work with interfaith groups, the Children’s Defense Fund, and the LSU A.P. Tureaud Sr. Black Alumni Chapter. Smith is also an ordained minister in the Church of God in Christ, Inc. He 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

Cierra HeadshotCierra Burnett serves as the graduate assistant for LSU Community University Partnerships in the Office of Academic Affairs and is a Masters student in the Higher Education Administration program.

As the graduate assistant, Cierra serves as the editor of The Bengal Bottom Line (the official CUP newsletter), maintains the CUP website, secures funding through federal, corporate, and foundation grant writing, and assists the Director of Community and Education Partnerships with special projects.   

Cierra is a native of Memphis, TN, and graduated from the University of Memphis with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology.