WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The University of Hartford is establishing the Gov. M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service to honor the outgoing governor.

University President Walter Harrison says the Rell Center will offer lectures, panel discussions, internships and forums on public service and important issues.

Rell became governor when John Rowland resigned in 2004, and she was lieutenant governor and a state representative before that. She decided not to run for re-election this year.

Rell received an honorary doctor of laws degree from UHart in 2001. She said Tuesday she was honored by the creation of the center in her name and will play an active role there.

The governor will be honored at a fundraising dinner for the center on Dec. 7 in Cromwell.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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