University of Cincinnati Governmental Relations Update

State Government Relations Year in Review – 2015

In 2015 the state agenda was written with an eye towards the goals of Creating our Third Century and included activities to increase the profile of the institution and faculty among state policy makers.  Throughout the year, UC leadership was informed about relevant policy and funding opportunities, as well as cultivating relationships and informing the Ohio General Assembly about UC initiatives and priorities.  We worked with colleagues throughout the University of Cincinnati and with institutional partners such as the Inter-University Council (IUC) and the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) to support five primary goals.


  1. Investing in Faculty and Staff.
  2. Leveraging Research.
  3. Reimagining the Student Experience.
  4. Excelling in E-Learning.
  5. Building the Resource Base.

Of the many efforts undertaken in this period, notable accomplishments were:

  • Secured more than $200 million in funding annually through the state budget process for 2016-2017.
  • Worked with UC leadership on strategic plans to elevate faculty, students and UC administration in legislative decisions.
  • Planned and executed successful legislative briefings for key members of the Ohio General Assembly.
  • Facilitated, scheduled, and provided background material on strategic meetings in Columbus and Cincinnati for UC leadership to highlight and connect with members of the Kasich Administration, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, President of the Senate Keith Faber and members of the Ohio General Assembly regarding UC’s role in economic regional development and partnerships with local industry.

Give back and volunteer!

The University of Cincinnati Alumni Advocacy Program was created in January, 2015 as a means of connecting UC alumni with our state legislators.  Adequate state funding for higher education and the University of Cincinnati is critical for Ohio’s future.  In its first year of inception, a strong foundation has been laid and progress continues.

  • The goal of the advocacy program is to facilitate alumni and friends of the university to communicate with members of the Ohio General Assembly and other elected officials regarding issues of importance to our institution.
  • Advocates are encouraged to tell friends, neighbors and colleagues about the importance of the university in their life, their community and their state.
  • With a minimal time commitment, alumni advocates are ambassadors for the university to our state elected officials. 


  • Provide support for the university’s legislative agenda.
  • Form a surge of support or opposition to proposed legislation.
  • Boost individual relations with alumni and friends.

If you should have any questions, please contact our Governmental Relations team in Columbus.

  • Assistant Vice President for Governmental Relations, Margie Rolf
  • Assistant Vice President for Governmental Relations, Mike Carroll
  • Director of Alumni Advocacy, Alex Coorey


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