As part of the Clinton School of Public Service’s expansion of student services, Alex Thomas has been named the Assistant Dean of Enrollment and Student Services and Leaundra Sanders has been named Student Services Manager.
“We are fortunate to have Alex and Leaundra leading the Clinton School’s new student services suite,” said Dean Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto. “Each is deeply passionate about the success of our students and together they will continue to develop and implement services to enhance the student experience.”
Thomas, who joined the Clinton School in 2008, has led the Clinton School’s recruiting, admissions, and enrollment efforts for 14 years. He will continue leading those initiatives for the school’s Master of Public Service and Clinton School Online programs while taking on additional leadership duties as the institution expands its services to current students.
“In my years of working at the Clinton School, engaging with students and their vision for intentional community has been one of the most meaningful parts of my job,” Thomas said. “I look forward to working with Leaundra on continuing to help students build community, both within the school, and in the larger world of serving populations in need."
Sanders will serve as the school’s primary contact and liaison for a range of student services, including mental health, disability services, and career services. She will manage the school’s international student registration efforts and will continue to serve as the Clinton School’s representative for student government.
"I am extremely excited to foster a closer working relationship with both online and in-person Clinton School students through all of the promising student resources we plan to offer in the new student services department,” Sanders said. “Serving students and providing support services has always been a passion of mine."
Sanders has worked at the Clinton School for more than eight years, working closely with the Center on Community Philanthropy and providing administrative and fiscal support to the school. She has an extensive background in student and support services through previous positions at the Little Rock Job Corps Center, Our House Shelter Career Services, and Jefferson Comprehensive Care System. She holds a master’s degree in higher education with a concentration in student affairs from UA Little Rock.
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