The Clinton School of Public Service
is a branch of the University of Arkansas
system and is the newest of the presidential schools. It is located on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center
in Little Rock
. The school is housed in a former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad
station built in 1899.
Former Senator and Governor David Pryor
was named as the school's first dean. He stepped down from his position as dean in February 2006 but retained the title and active position of Founding Dean. James Rutherford
, nicknamed "Skip," was appointed to succeed David Pryor (Rutherford's mentor) when he was named dean on April 12, 2006.
Master of Public Service Program
The Clinton School is a graduate school offering its students a Master of Public Service degree. The program is described as a "two-year graduate program with a 'real world' curriculum." The mission of the school is to "to educate and prepare individuals for public service, incorporating a strategic vision, an authentic voice, and a commitment to the common good." The program is unique within the presidential schools for its emphasis on practical courses, which include a practicum, summer internship, and capstone project. The school is further unique for its emphasis on leadership for social change, preparing students to become leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as it's emphasis on... Read More