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Office of Government Relations

    Capitol building in Richmond
    Capitol building in Richmond
    Commonwealth seal and motto
    Hokie Day at the Virginia capitol

Hokie Day 2014: Nearly 160 students and alumni gathered on the South Portico of the Capitol for a picture with Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Virginia Tech President Charles Steger.


Mission Statement:
The Office of Government Relations facilitates communications between the university community and elected officials and government entities at the state and federal levels. We monitor legislative issues and activities in Richmond and Washington, work with other colleges and universities in support of higher education, and provide information and analysis to decision makers within government and the university. The office cultivates relationships with elected and appointed officials in an effort to create understanding of issues important to higher education and support for the university's initiatives. As the primary liaison between state and federal governments and the university, the office coordinates campus visits by government officials to provide information with respect to the University's research, facilities, and programs. The office also provides information to the university community with respect to protocol in contacting government officials, requesting government action on behalf of the university, and scheduling campus visits. Please contact us at governmentrelations@vt.edu.

Policy Statement on Communication with Government Officials:
The President is responsible for developing all University positions on State and Federal legislation and regulations and for coordinating University relations with the General Assembly, the Governor, Congress, Cabinet Secretaries, Executive Branch officials, State and Federal agencies, Congressional and legislative staff, and any and all communication with government officials concerning official University positions on policy issues.

The University's policy on communication with government officials in no way restricts the right of any employee (i.e. faculty, classified and University staff, professional research staff, etc...) from communicating their personal opinions with government officials.  However, when communicating such personal opinions it is the affirmative responsibility of all employees not to represent their personal opinions as positions or policies of the University, unless the President has specifically authorized them to do so. 

University employees should use neither University letterhead nor electronic mail sent through University mail servers to communicate their personal opinions or positions on political issues unrelated to the University. Legislative or Congressional Testimony or other communication on behalf of professional societies or other academic organizations should be coordinated with the Office of Government Relations.  In this case "coordinated" simply means notification in advance.

Visits to Campus by Officials:
Visits to campus by elected and appointed officials and their staff members, state and federal, are an important part of government relations efforts and are encouraged.  Invitations to certain officials (e.g. Governor, U.S. Senators, Cabinet Secretaries) in most cases should be extended by the President of the University.  However, all invitations to these officials and visits to campus should be coordinated with the Office of Government Relations.

Procedures: 
In order to manage and coordinate communications regarding government policies, funding issues, or visits to campus by government officials contact the Office of Government Relations by phone (540-231-7111) or at 219 Burruss Hall. 

Contact Us

 

Blacksburg Office

Natalie Hart
Director of Government Affairs
Burruss Hall, Room 319
800 Drillfield Drive
540-231-8118 (Phone)
nhart@vt.edu

Margie Murray
Special Events Coordinator
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
540-231-5637 (Phone)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
mbmurray@vt.edu

Christine McCann
Administrative Assistant
Burruss Hall, Room 219
800 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061
540-231-7111 (Phone)
540-231-2337 (Fax)
cimccann@vt.edu

Richmond Office

Elizabeth Hooper
Director of State Relations
11 South 12th Street, Suite 202
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-786-1604 (Phone)
804-786-0590 (Fax)
ehooper@vt.edu

Nancy Hagen
Administrative Staff Assistant
11 South 12 th Street, Suite 202
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-786-8110 (Phone)
804-786-0590 (Fax)
nhagen@vt.edu

Arlington Office

Christopher Yianilos
Executive Director of Government Relations
900 N. Glebe Road, Suite 2-316
Arlington, VA 22203
571-858-3005 (Office)
chrisyianilos@vt.edu