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Government & Community Relations

About Government & Community Relations

The Office of Government and Community Relations serves as WKU’s liaison to local, state and federal governments and maintains a presence in Frankfort, Ky., in Washington, DC, and in communities throughout the University’s service region. Government and Community Relations staff are responsible for advancing WKU’s strategic interests among national, state and local elected officials, their staff members and constituents, and with government agencies at all levels. The office coordinates and maintains University interaction with federal, state and local officials and is the University’s primary advocate for the public interests of WKU and higher education in Kentucky.

Government and Community Relations staff also serve as a support team for WKU’s 27 county service region, working alongside local officials, chambers of commerce and other local not-for-profit groups to facilitate University engagement in each community.

To receive news updates, follow legislative initiatives, contact elected officials and learn about federal, state and local governments as well as the communities WKU serves, please visit the links to the left.


February 20, 2017 Legislative Update

WKU government relations staff, Robbin Taylor and Jennifer Breiwa Smith, met with several legislators last week to discuss priority legislation...

February 14, 2017 Legislative Update

Part II of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly began last Tuesday, February 7. Following is a summary of WKU Government Relations activities for the week, including details on a number of bills that pertain to higher education.

2017 Legislative Tracking Report

View the 2017 Legislative Tracking Report.

Performance Funding Work Group Report

View the Performance Funding Work Group Report.

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