Federal Relations

The mission of UNC Federal Relations is to promote UNC’s education, research, national security efforts, patient care, and public service activities in an effort to increase federal support for all UNC institutions and affiliated entities.  This office serves as the primary liaison between the University and Members of Congress, congressional staff, the White House, federal agencies, educational associations and media on matters of federal interest.  

UNC Federal Relations also leads the University’s efforts to formulate and coordinate the federal priorities of UNC’s 17 campuses.   The federal relations team provides support and service to our institutions by: strategic planning and issues management; responding to legislative inquiries; monitoring and analysis of federal legislation; identifying opportunities for our faculty to participate in congressional hearings, executive branch advisory groups and task forces, and national education forums; and promoting UNC campuses’ research, partnership for national security, and policy agendas with agencies and Congressional members. 

Finally, the UNC Office of Federal Relations leads the UNC Partnership for National Security, a system-wide effort to develop partnerships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Military.  The team’s work is devoted to executing projects in cooperation with the North Carolina-based military community.  Special partnerships are established with the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command (MCAST), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Fleet Readiness Center East (FRC-East) and the North Carolina National Guard (NCNG).  

What is the campus role in Federal Relations?

Each Chancellor shall designate a campus officer to carry out the function of a Federal Relations Officer (FRO). Collectively, campus federal relations officers make up the UNC Federal Relations Council.


The University of North Carolina


Chapel Hill Office
910 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27515


Washington Office
750 1st Street NE, Suite 1110
Washington, DC 20002 

Kimrey W. Rhinehardt 
Vice President for Federal Relations

Bradley R. Ballou
Director of Federal Relations

Emily M. Dickens
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations


UNC Federal Relations on Twitter (@UNCGAFedRel)

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@RepMarkMeadows,@PatMcCroryNC attended the #UNC Board of Governors meeting held last week @WCU http://t.co/WhgT2iG2Xw http://t.co/Y9QzLbXIb8 Mon, 2014-09-15 16:02
@UncAvl awarded $613,609 grant from @NSF http://t.co/JTOKm4VJJ7 Mon, 2014-09-15 12:43
@RepMarkMeadows on the #UNC system: "our university system is something we must protect...it is an asset." http://t.co/ilCIxGak0m Mon, 2014-09-15 12:34
#funfactfriday Service work done by @NCCU students valued at $4.6M to Durham community http://t.co/XEcUvlnXvO Fri, 2014-09-12 12:50
(1) #funfactfriday @UNC receives $900K grant from @HHSGov to improve services for young children with #Autism http://t.co/wWjUaMk4jM Fri, 2014-09-12 08:03
UNC system partners with Ranku http://t.co/RE35ILfivn) Thu, 2014-09-11 10:25
@UncAvl awarded $25K grant from @US_IMLS to build new digital media design lab http://t.co/blwvINJcoS Mon, 2014-09-08 09:20
#funfactfriday @EastCarolina uses $1.25M grant to build regional advanced manufacturing workforce http://t.co/5zXTSDpZBF Fri, 2014-09-05 12:11
#funfactfriday Researchers from @NCState use $1M grant from @NSF to improve disaster response http://t.co/vQJ4RLntNI Fri, 2014-09-05 09:59
#funfactfriday @NCState receives part of $12.6M grant from @NASA to study biology in space http://t.co/L6LxNnfIcx Fri, 2014-08-29 10:30
#funfactfriday @appstate awarded $2.5M from @NSF for biodiversity project http://t.co/uHOuLiSGrD Fri, 2014-08-29 08:13
RT @NCStateResearch: Nail polish developed by @NCState students alerts wearers to date rape drugs http://t.co/KDK0axpwUM @NCSUEI Mon, 2014-08-25 11:17
#funfactfriday @uncfsu to host #BootstoSuits Conference this September, will promote hiring military vets http://t.co/HQar3VUVVS Fri, 2014-08-22 12:43
#funfactfriday @unccharlotte to partner with @MeredithCollege on health informatics http://t.co/QtOc2YnMWB Fri, 2014-08-22 11:06
#funfactfriday @NCState develops software giving Android users more privacy control, funded by grant from @NSA_PAO http://t.co/TaIOO83DqN Fri, 2014-08-22 08:12
Doctors from #Iraq currently visiting @UNC, will learn how to improve their country's medical schools. http://t.co/Ch9V7jullz Tue, 2014-08-19 14:25
RT @AggieResearch: N.C. A&T State University Enters the [Hypoallergenic!] Peanut Business (Spinoff, actually, but still...) http://t.co/ugB Fri, 2014-08-15 15:22
#FunFactFriday @NCState partners with Bio2Electric, @ENERGY to develop #energyefficient ethylene http://t.co/nST9ahnwDQ Fri, 2014-08-15 13:15
#FunFactFriday @uncpembroke has partnered with @ENERGY, will install two electric car charging stations on campus http://t.co/SBvgm4iGUB Fri, 2014-08-15 10:46
RT @emdesquire: @uncgafedrel Great day @NCStateResearch with NC Congressional delegation Ag staff. Yes, turf study is agriculture. http://t… Fri, 2014-08-15 09:18