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LeRoy Collins Institute

College of Social Sciences and Public Policy

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Carol S. Weissert, Director

Dr. Weissert became the director of the Institute in October of 2007. She is also the LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar Chair and Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. Prior to taking that position in August 2003, she was professor of political science and director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

Her research focuses on federalism and intergovernmental issues and state policy, particularly health policy. She has published over four dozen articles in political science and public policy journals and is the author or co-author of four recent books including Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy, the fourth edition of which was published in 2011 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She is the former editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, an international journal on federalism and intergovernmental relations published by Oxford University Press. She was 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Government in Australia and is a fellow of The National Academy of Public Administration. Her doctorate in political science is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Lester Abberger, Chairman

Lester Abberger, of Tallahassee. Is managing partner of B.L. Abberger & Co. a public affairs and investment banking concern.

He is chairman of the Florida Conservation Campaign, the Tallahassee Bach Parley, and the Friends of Florida History. He is past chairman of Leadership Florida and a recipient of that organization’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was chairman of 1000 Friends of Florida, the Florida Humanities Council, the national Federation of State Humanities Councils, and a trustee of the National Trust for the Humanities. He was chairman of Horizon Communities, a national faith-based prison ministry, the Tallahassee Urban Design Commission, and Health News Florida.

Mr. Abberger serves currently on the boards of Florida First Capital Finance Corp., Neighborhood Medical Center, the League of American Orchestras, and the Florida Audubon Society. He is a graduate of Davidson College, where he served on the Board of Visitors, and is a Knight Fellow at the University of Miami School of Architecture.