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SUU names new director of Leavitt Center for Politics

Mary Weaver Bennett
Mary Weaver Bennett
Southern Utah University

CEDAR CITY — Southern Utah University has named Mary Weaver Bennett as the new director of the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service. Bennett brings 25 years of professional experience in Washington, D.C, to the position.

Bennett began her government relations career as an associate director at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a regulatory body overseeing auditors of public companies. Bennett also worked as a public affairs television writer, created several political education programs for business executives, and is a veteran of several congressional and presidential campaigns, including the Clinton/Gore campaign.

Her professional experiences span over several institutions, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. During her time in Washington, D.C., she spent nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill working as a professional staff member for several House committees and as a senior aide to former Nevada Sen. Richard Bryan.

Before moving to Utah in 2014, she was director of government and industry relations for the Electronic Transactions Association in Washington, D.C., where she led federal and state public affairs strategy and outreach initiatives.