Meet the Staff
Director, Community and Education Partnerships
Brandon 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. a
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.
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 Public Administration Institute 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.
Lauren 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.