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University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service
Clinton School of Public Service logo.
Established 2004
Type Public
Dean Skip Rutherford
Students 60
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Campus Clinton Presidential Center
Website [

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 & 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 L. "Skip" Rutherford 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 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 singular for its emphasis on leadership for social change, preparing students to become leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as create bridges amongst those sectors. The Clinton School emphasizes equity, as opposed to the emphasis of efficiency in public administration schools and effectiveness in public policy schools.

Public programs and publications

The Clinton School of Public Service building

The school has made its public forums with Charles Ogletree, Judge Robert Carter, and John Edwards available to AETN. Other guest speakers in the Clinton School's notably bipartisan and frequently apolitical speaker series have included Henry Kissinger, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, Senator John Danforth, famed Republican strategist Benjamin Ginsberg, Karl Rove, Levy Mwanawasa, Alan Keyes, and Susan Ivey among others. President Bill Clinton is said to make regular appearances at the school during which he meets with students in a roundtable format.

The Clinton School also releases a biannual publication called Frank: Academics for the Real World. The Fall/Winter 2007 inaugural issue of Frank was entitled “Has the Dream Arrived?” and focused on race relations in America. It included pieces by David Eisenhower, President Bill Clinton, Carlotta Walls Lanier, Karl Rove, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Richard Dawkins, Simon Cowell, Eboo Patel, Aneesh Raman, Antonio Villaraigosa, Walter Pincus, and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

In the summer of 2007, the Clinton School teamed with the William J. Clinton Foundation and the Kumpuris family to establish a distinguished lecture series. The Kumpuris Lecture Series inaugural address on August 7, 2007 was President Clinton. Other guest lecturers have been James Baker, Sam Waterson, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai.


The Clinton School admitted 16 students from around the globe in its inaugural class in 2005. Now in its fourth year, the school has increased admission to 30 students and has a current enrollment of 60 students. The enrollment pattern is in keeping with the two other presidential schools that are coupled with presidential libraries. By comparison, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs started in 1970 with 18 students and now has 312; the George Bush School of Government and Public Service began in 1997 with 19 students and now has 125.

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Coordinates: 34°44′47″N 92°15′30″W / 34.746433°N 92.258463°W / 34.746433; -92.258463



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