External Relations

The External Relations Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending to the Board policies relating to local, state and federal legislation. It shall work to identify all major local, state and federal activities affecting the University and will report to the Board recommended actions which will further the University’s mission. The External Relations Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and recommending to the Board policies affecting communications with the media and with the public, including alumni of the institution. It shall review and consider programs that advance the University’s reputation and further the University’s teaching, research, and service missions in the local, state, national, and international communities.


The Committee’s responsibilities shall include:

  • Identifying and responding to legislative issues of interest to the University;
  • Becoming informed about the status of appropriations and education bills in the State Legislature and Congress and analyze the impact on the University;
  • Reviewing and analyzing the discussions and actions of the Board of Governors;
  • Developing and effectuating opportunities for the University to become more involved in Congressional, legislative and other public advocacy;
  • Building positive relationships and maintaining open channels of communication between the University and the Board of Governors, the Governor, the Legislature, and other public officials and leaders at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Facilitating networking and collective action on issues of shared interest among the other state universities;
  • Reviewing and recommending policies pertaining to the relations between the University and its constituents;
  • Reviewing and recommending policies pertaining to public relations, branding, advertising, internal and external communications, news and information, and publications;
  • Reviewing and recommending policies pertaining to the relationship of the University to the larger community.

Committee members:

  • Carolyn K. Roberts, Chair
  • Charles B. Edwards
  • James W. Heavener
  • Jason J. Rosenberg
  • Cory M. Yeffet

University staff liaisons:

  • Vice President for University Relations or designee (External)
  • Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs (Alumni and Foundation)