Vice President for Government Relations
The Office of Government Relations (GR) seeks to help position Texas A&M University in the federal and state government arena in order to provide opportunities and support of institutional goals.
The office is Texas A&M’s liaison with members and staff of the Texas House and Senate. Executive branch offices (such as the Governor’s Office of Budget and Planning and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) are also entities in which engagement is made in order achieve university and State of Texas goals. The office is also a part to the A&M System Government Relation Team, a coordinating body of A&M System government relation officers that work to advance System goals.
The office is Texas A&M's liaison with members of Congress and national association efforts seeking to support the goals of Texas A&M, higher education and national research and development. The office also interacts with federal agencies regarding certain university initiatives. In short, A&M Federal Affairs advocates the university's educational, research, and service mission by working with Congress, the executive branch, federal agencies and national organizations.
State and Federal Relation Responsibilities include:
- Serve as a liaison office with members and staff of the Texas House and Senate; and members of Congress and congressional staff. This includes inquiries, questions or issues regarding Texas A&M.
- Coordinate funding requests through elected officials and staff members; and in consultation and conjunction with the A&M System.
- Monitor legislation and national higher education issues of interest to Texas A&M.
- Identify emerging state and federal issues and recommend strategies for the university.
- Serve as liaison on federal issues with national associations such as the Association of American Universities and the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
- Serve as a resource for faculty, administration and students by providing assistance and information on government-related matters affecting the A&M community.
- Seek ways to advance A&M's research mission though federal agency support