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Smith named to constituent relations post

October 18, 2007

University Student Initiatives has named Les Smith executive director for constituent relations and student recruitment. In this new role, Smith will cultivate interest in ASU among students, families and organizations to increase enrollment, and to enhance scholarships and alumni support.

“Connecting with parents and students is a top priority for ASU, and we’re extremely pleased that Les has agreed to spearhead efforts to engage the community at several different levels,” says James Rund, vice president of University Student Initiatives. “His past work and experience will serve us well as we advance ASU’s agenda in excellence and access.”

As executive director, Smith will work with schools, families and community-based organizations to broaden awareness and understanding of the university’s goals.

“I look forward to engaging community leaders, enlisting their support and interest and attracting prospective students,” Smith says. “ASU’s role in supporting the region’s economy and enhancing the quality of life is critical for Arizona’s future.”

Before this appointment, Smith served as vice president for university development at ASU Foundation and as assistant dean for external relations at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.