State Relations

Capitol building in Richmond

The Office of Government Relations develops and coordinates strategies for Virginia Tech on a broad array of state government issues, working with both the Virginia General Assembly and the executive branch. The office serves as a liaison to state agency directors and Cabinet Secretaries to promote faculty research and to develop technical assistance and research opportunities.

Directives from the Office of the Governor require the university to designate official spokespersons to communicate on behalf of the university with the General Assembly and to coordinate legislative requests through the the executive and legislative branches.  The university President and others specifically designated by the President are authorized spokespersons.  The Office of Government Relations oversees all state legislative relations on behalf of the university which include coordinating all presentations to legislators, legislative committees, and letters and electronic communications to elected officials and their staff concerning policy or funding issues.  

Virginia Tech students participated in Hokie Day in Richmond, VA and conducted legislative visits to discuss Virginia Tech’s priorities in areas such as student financial assistance, research, and development.

VA Hokie Day
Virginia Tech students participated in Hokie Day in Richmond, VA and conducted legislative visits to discuss Virginia Tech’s priorities in areas such as student financial assistance, research, and development.

Virginia Tech celebrated our 21st Annual Hokie Day at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, VA on Tuesday, February 11th, 2019. Click below to read an overview of the event written by Aidan Williams, our 2017-2019 General Assembly Fellow.